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21Dec/090

.Net turns 10 years old

Ten years of .NET - Did Microsoft deliver?

[... If the goal of .NET was to see off Java, it was at least partially successful. Java did not die, but enterprise Java became mired in complexity, making .NET an easy sell as a more productive alternative. C# has steadily grown in popularity, and is now the first choice for most Windows development. ASP.NET has been a popular business web framework. The common language runtime has proved robust and flexible ...]

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/12/17/dot_net_noughties/

 [... Job trend figures here show steadily increasing demand for C#, which is now mentioned in around 32 per cent of UK IT programming vacancies, ahead of Java at 26 per cent ...]

My own non-scientific trend analysis (both manual search on dice.com and using Google Trends) shows that demand for Java skills is tapering off, and that for Microsoft's .Net is rising steadily. I foresee approximately equal adoption rates for both, with developers feeling at home in both worlds while focusing on one. Or maybe Oracle makes Java an open standard, and Microsoft will be able to roll it into .net family of languages...:)

With the ever increasing levels of  cross-pollination, the technology is quickly becoming interchangeable, and so do skills.