Thursday, April 12, 2012

Working with .NET

I have been working with Java most of my professional life, and I have to say that not always has it been easy. In fact, most of the times it was rather difficult to build up knowledge, find and use dependencies, write unit tests and apply correct patterns.

A few days ago, I needed to build an application in .NET as we needed to print and process some Word documents. I have been using C# before but it is not my area of expertise. Obviously, I needed to refresh my knowledge and build an application that can perform well. I was simply amazed how easy was it to pick up basics, start development in Visual Studio and create variations of the application be it, console, form or web. It took mere hours to understand basic concepts, get to know Visual Studio and to be productive. For Java, to achieve the same for the person coming from .NET would take days to achieve same results (think Swing)! I am not a big fan of Microsoft products (being able to run only on Windows machines) but BRAVO Microsoft for making development so easy! It is no wonder that this platform is so widely accepted.

Java development tools are getting there, but having so much diversity can be good and bad at the same time and we will just have to wait and see. Until then, listen to this song (my friend sent this to me) We Code Hard :).

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