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TechWeb: Microsoft: Developers' Friend Or Foe?

Nov 02, 2000, 16:51 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Ricadela)

"...navigating the waters around Redmond, Wash., could get trickier for developers. Microsoft is roiling from within over long-standing assumptions in its business plan: Customers today are more concerned with Internet bandwidth than PC operating systems, and its server products are under attack from Oracle Corp. (stock: ORCL) and Sun Microsystems Inc. (stock: SUNW) at the high end and from Linux at the low end."

"In order for us to reach Unix, Macintosh, and Linux machines, we need to work in an Internet-friendly way," said Dave Mendlen, lead product manager for Visual Studio at Microsoft. ... The current version of Visual Studio, release 6, requires writing low-level code to drop data into a Web page. Visual Studio.Net replaces that with point-and-click interfaces for handling server requests and generating XML code."

"Java has a big head start over Microsoft's evolving Web environment. ... Other non-Microsoft languages, such as Perl and Python, are popular for Web development as well. Also, many younger developers entering the workforce prefer to run their apps on Linux, not Windows, which leads them to different development communities -- groups that share source code and ideas."

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