Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Aug 2006 19:10 UTC, submitted by Dolphin
.NET (dotGNU too) "Four short years ago, Microsoft unveiled its new framework/engine for programming and running applications in a virtual environment, and the world was stunned. Microsoft had introduced a run-time environment that was for the first time a true 'write once, run everywhere' implementation, but that was far from being the end. With .NET 3.0 on the loom, NeoSmart Technologies takes a look at how far .NET has come and just how long it can keep going."
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"and the world was stunned"

and the world was confused, is more like it. At least, that's how I interpreted it, and much of the mainstream IT media outlets agreed. For a while there, no one was quite sure if .NET was a subscription-based business model (Hailstorm), a "Trusted Computing" platform (Palladium), or a sinister attempt to wean developers off of VB.

People often confuse dynamic and interpreted languages. .NET didn't offer a dynamic language until IronPython came along (unless ASP.NET is dynamic, I don't know anything about that). The "write once, run everywhere" dream world is a function of interpreted languages.

I have this equally pie-in-the-sky theory that, with a good JIT compiler, Python/PyGTK/PyQt/wxPython can become a true write-once-run-anywhere development framework. I'd really like to see this happen, because Python really opens up application programming to a less-technical audience, and it makes rapid development a breeze.

I must say, C# turned out better than I thought it would. It's a little verbose and CamelCased for my taste, but you can't please everyone when it comes to syntax.

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