After one last puff piece to blow up my blogging numbers, I will do penance by sticking to actual technical content for awhile.
So the other day I made a somewhat conscious decision to get more blog traffic and posted something I’d been dwelling on for a while: What I think is and is not better about .Net OSS these days. A couple follow up points from the feedback I’ve gotten:
Do most .Net developers care?
I honestly don’t know. I’d guess the answer is “no,” but I’m firmly convinced that there is no such thing as a “typical” .Net software shop anyway. I do know that when folks say that “most development shops do this,” it’s frequently something that I’ve never experienced.
Why does OSS even matter to .Net?
There’s a lot of smart folks in the .Net community that don’t work in Redmond, and OSS is a great way to capture and cultivate innovation in .Net from more people. Having a greater diversity of tools that take different approaches to solving technical problems is always nice.
Other communities have problems too!
Why don’t I leave .Net and go to <insert other platform here>?
.Net has been very good to me, and I probably get to do much more interesting work than the average developer on any platform. I’m one of the very few people who actually likes their job, and .Net happens to be a part of most of our systems.
Please stop using the word “Zealot”
Despite a comment or two to the contrary, I am certainly not a Richard Stallman-style OSS “zealot.” That’s one of the words that developers use very sloppily in technical arguments. I’m just gonna stick a link to my old post about why I hate the word “Zealot” or “Pragmatic” or “Dogma” tossed around in technical discussions.
About Microsoft, one last time
I don’t actually believe that Microsoft works directly against OSS efforts in .Net. I think the biggest issues simply arise from how utterly dominant of a mindshare that Microsoft has within the .Net community, and that’s the main thing that’s really different about .Net versus other communities.
Even with the lack of attention and publicity issues aside, I think that overall, the .Net community is probably more conservative about adopting new ideas or tools than other communities. I think that also explains why many software development concepts aren’t widely adopted by .Net developers until it’s been promoted, supported, or endorsed by Microsoft themselves.
But Microsoft themselves use Newtonsoft!
So? Everything does, and that’s why Newtonsoft binding conflicts were such an awful mess a couple years ago. I’d guess that any considerably sized .Net system has at least 3-4 privately merged copies of Newtonsoft.Json somewhere.
I’m just bitter
“You’re just bitter about FubuMVC” – I’m somewhat guilty on that score (human nature and all), but my main point was just to say that it’s highly unlikely you can succeed with an OSS tool that directly competes with an established MS offering. There were a whole raft of things I did wrong with fubu, but competing directly against ASP.Net MVC probably put our ceiling as a successful OSS project pretty low right out of the gate.
I’ll have to admit that it irritates me when I see folks all excited about something new in ASP.Net MVC Core that is very similar to something we had in FubuMVC years previously. A healthier way to look at it is that sometimes it has been nice to see our design ideas validated by similar designs in the real MS .Net tools.