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.