.Net Coders = American Tourists?

By Deane Barker on March 10, 2008

Are .NET Developers the American Tourists of the Software Industry?: This is an awfully good post that examines just why we all hat e.Net developers.

The same segment of the software industry that dislikes Microsoft also views developers who use Microsoft tools and languages as inherently less skilled and less capable.

And this is why, apparently:

Americans are inherently annoying because we rarely invest any effort into learning anything about the external world. […] I think a similar dynamic occurs with .NET developers who are so busy drinking from the firehose at Microsoft that they forget about the rest of the development world entirely.

I haven’t seen that with any of the .Net coders I know personally, but .Net in general does seem to incubate a certain about of fanboy attitude about stuff. You see a lot of ignorant forum posts like, “Why would anyone use anything else but .Net?”

Read back to our post about ASP.Net Web Forms. I said, and still believe:

[…] if you’ve never done any Web development except ASP.Net using Web Forms, then there’s a lot you missed about Web development.

[…] I’ve always maintained that there’s a difference between a “Web Developer” and a “[insert platform here] Developer”. If you’ve never done any work outside of ColdFusion, then you’re not a Web Developer, you’re a ColdFusion Developer. This is fine if you work in an exclusively ColdFusion shop, but you’re depriving yourself of a lot of learning by not digging into other languages and the core protocols in general.

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  1. I think the same can be said for just about any language, platform or technology that has a devoted community. I pay my bills courtesy of Microsoft (specifically C#, ASP.NET and SQL Server) at the moment and have for nearly all my career.

    Just because I earn my pay courtesy of technologies Microsoft developed doesn’t mean that I don’t question their delivery. For instance I’m not particularly thrilled with their implementation of Ajax w/in the framework. On the opposite side, I think that through listening to community feedback, the ASP.NET MVC extensions are shaping up to be pretty powerful (just speculation, I have no real time into exploring them).

  2. Interesting post by a brave Mr Ball.

    Can’t say I agree with viewing MS developers as less skilled, there are dumb ass developers in any language.

    I think it’s reasonable to suggest that any developer worth his or her salt will try to evaluate other technologies or buzz words anyway. At the end of the day though, a quick job search should reveal one’s focus should be either Java or .Net, and nothing along the lines of a jack of all trades.

    What to do?

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