Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 5th Apr 2004 02:18 UTC
Gifts, Contests, Easter Eggs Are you a Java or a .NET/Mono/Portable.NET developer? Then you might be interested in this competition that could help you win a prize that's worth over $3000 US.
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Great idea!
by Hans Speijer on Mon 5th Apr 2004 02:33 UTC

This is a great idea. I love the site and this should bring in some more great content. Keep up the good work!

Awesome
by Owen Anderson on Mon 5th Apr 2004 04:40 UTC

Wow. I'd be really interested in that, but I don't have the time to write one that quickly.

RE: Awesome
by Eugenia on Mon 5th Apr 2004 04:46 UTC

I just updated the article, I give you two more days, so developers who have more free time on the weekend could do so by then. So, last day for the competition entry will be the night of Sunday 11th April.

What is it?
by Random Reader on Mon 5th Apr 2004 07:11 UTC

I think I'll write an article on how to make a website cross browser compatible, then Aspire could read it and fix their site.

oohh.. i'm ready !
by t3rmin4t0r on Mon 5th Apr 2004 12:57 UTC

I think I'll write a Portable.net article .. but what'll I do with the prize ? ;)

Should I write about developing portable.net , developing with it ? .. Vote ?

RE: oohh.. i'm ready !
by qratman on Mon 5th Apr 2004 13:10 UTC

Well, you should start with introduction, history, comparsion with other things and stuff like that, not just jump into the middle of development. IMO It would be really interesting article.

Just some ideas.

Interesting,,,,,
by Stacey Abshire on Mon 5th Apr 2004 18:11 UTC

The bad part though is that it is a Windows only product. I'd be more than willing to write an article.... I think I would rather have the cash that the product costs, though, instead of the product. I was about ready to write an article on ASP.NET with Mono until I checked the system requirements for Swatter. Too bad... Maybe the next competition will be for something more of interest to Linux/Non-Windows developers.

Linux vs Windows Bug Tracking
by Allan Edwards on Mon 5th Apr 2004 22:33 UTC

Unfortunatly, Linux still costs significantly more to develop on than windows. Swatter is a very advanced turnkey defect tracking system. It is all you need to track your bugs, to do lists, and then quickly analyze your team performance. As well, it is very scalable. To do this kind of development on Linux is about 5x as high cost wise. This is based on our real development estimstaes after writing code for both platforms and seeing what is on the market for code re use.

The mono fellows have a great idea yet a long way to go before products like Swatter will be available for Linux.

Re:Linux vs Windows Bug Tracking
by Stacey Abshire on Tue 6th Apr 2004 00:22 UTC

Well, I didn't say that Linux was more development friendly, or cheaper to develop on. I was just commenting on the fact that it would be nice to have a competition for something that would be of more benefit to Linux/Non-Windows development.

As for Mono, It is coming along very nicely, and will be very good for development before too long. Keep a close watch on it.

RE: Linux vs Windows Bug Tracking.
by dmalloc on Fri 9th Apr 2004 11:42 UTC

I really do not mean to sound like a troll Mister Edwards, but could you please publish proof for your assertations? We also develop for Windows and UNIX based systems and usually the BugTracking/TimeManagement/RequestTracking is a _lot_ cheaper for the unix based application development. While most tools for Windows based development are pretty, point and click and all humky doorey they do limit too strictly for special cases and those work arounds really cost money then. I would be more than happy to read over your findings. Until then your statement sounds more like a bad marketing attempt, sorry.

RE: Linux vs Windows Bug Tracking
by Garret on Fri 9th Apr 2004 11:55 UTC

Your statement is a complete joke to anybody who has developed on both platforms.

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by Oracle Ninja on Fri 9th Apr 2004 15:32 UTC

"Linux still costs significantly more to develop on than windows"

First I think it's great your company is willing to give something like this for a prize. That alone says a lot if you ask me no matter what OS it runs on.

Your statment about linux costing significantly more to develop on than windows. That I'm wondering about. Maybe in you personal experience that is true, but as a blanket statement I can't say I would think that to be true. Considering your tool only runs on Windows I assume your shop is a micrsoft only development shop, which means the developers are probably locked into the microsoft way or the highway. So that statement really has more holes in it then swiss cheese. Maybe your developers are not proficient on using Linux tools. This is not a fault of devlepment on Linux but the people who can't use it.

How much would it cost to create a database app in VS .NET and then port that same app to Linux, Mac, and Unix? I'm not sure how much, but you would be doing atleast 2 - 3 rewrites to get that same application natively running on those platforms. If you use a tool like QT you can program on any platform and recompile on any other with little to no code change.

So if I use QT on Linux with Kdevelop my cost is pretty low compared to your project only written in .NET and then being ported to the others. Or if I write my app with QT on Windows with VS .NET I can compile on Linux. Either way you pay a license fee for QT on both platforms. VS .NET is a nice tool, but to be honest for Kdevelop being free I would go with Kdevelop and QT any day of the week over VS .NET or what ever else Microsoft wants to call it. In a microsoft only world VS .NET is nice tool with a fairly low cost $1000+. But then you can't create applications for other platforms and cross platform will continue to be more of an issue as time goes on.

I think depending on the project Linux can be just as cheap if not cheaper as Windows.

Yes I can back this up
by Allan Edwards on Fri 9th Apr 2004 18:30 UTC

I can totally backup that Windows is far cheaper to develop on than Linux. Although I own Aspire, I also still code a lot. In my career I worked with Solaris and Linux. After all is said and done, you can do way more, way fater, and product a much cleaner, and feature rich application dollar for dollar on windows. .NET is 4x faster to develop in than any other development tool on the market today. I know this from working on C++ compilers early in my career then moving to .NET. Mono is currently Linuxes only hope and they are WAY behind currently. Money speaks louder than anything because everyone wants the lowest cost for their IT solutions. If Linux was it, people would move to it in drives and Microsoft would be out of business. But currently Microsoft is the best value. Swatter itself would have cost 5x more to build if it had been done on Linux. Their is no way. So for now, feature rich, powerful applications like Swatter will continue to be released on windows vs Linux. Don't get me wrong, I like Linux a lot, but when you get right down the pocket book, it makes no sense currently.

Not in all markets..
by Chris on Fri 9th Apr 2004 18:47 UTC

For markets that are traditional bastions of Unix, such as the POS retail market, this isn't entirely true. If there isn't a need for a pretty GUI (as someone mentioned above) Windows tends to be very kludgy. Having to hack Windows adds in more cost than straightforward programming on Linux.

So, while it might be true for product A, that doesn't mean that it's more expensive to program all products on Linux for all markets.

the prize looks very overvalued/priced
by doctor k on Sat 10th Apr 2004 10:10 UTC

It looks like someone wired up a .net tree, a .net grid, and hooked it to a database and is selling it for a lot of money.

with .net's amazing developer productivity, it would be better to spend the time recreating aspire's swatter app than trying to compete to win it as a prize.

developing it yourself gives you 100% chance of winning.

I agree
by Project Manager on Sat 10th Apr 2004 23:55 UTC

Well, after taking a quick look I am letting you know about the project management tool I use.

It's called Team Elements and it has features that the rest of the enterprise can use too.

www.teamelements.com