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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Dot Net? or Dot Not?

I am meeting a Microsoft.NET Evangelist tomorrow. In preparation for the meeting, I have read up quite a bit on Dot Net stuff. I am looking for some specific answers, most importantly why I shouldn't abandon Microsoft completely and build Java apps instead.

If Dot-Net were to fly, much of my software will become obsolete. This is an issue that has occupied my mind for the last two years a lot, and I am eager to decide one way or the other...

My Requirements (really, our customers' requirements)

  • Support for client heavy computing -- support for pictures, documents (rich-text), and printing
  • Easy deployment -- I do not want to ship binary runtime with my app. This is my biggest problem with Java.
  • Much of our software is rule-based. This means I want robust scripting. Compilation, Just-in-time compilation is all meaningless in my domain. I want to be able to specify code on the fly and execute it.
  • My other requirements are same as that for other people - performance, cost, rapid development, durability of the platform, and reliability

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Tuesday, October 8, 2002
Last Modified: 10/8/2002

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