In Australia, .NET hasn’t got any foothold ????


There's been lots of talk in the blogosphere in relation to a recent post by Martin Fowler entitled - RubyMicrosoft. (** link fixed)


I don't want to get into the whole "AlphaGeeks are moving away from the Microsoft platform" debate, but there is one comment by Martin that I want to respond to.


Martin writes ....



In Australia, .NET hasn't got any foothold at all amongst our clients. I'm not sure what to make of this data. We aren't so big to be a statistically valid sample on our own. But it's a useful data point nonetheless particularly since we like to think our clients are the "alpha IT shops".



Martin,


I'll leave it there.

If anyone from "alpha IT shops" in Australia have an opinion - it would be nice to hear too



Comments (7)
  1. Will says:

    The company I work for, whilst not an "IT Shop" (whatever that means) – is a very large company, and we do use .NET, including on large projects.

    We’re not using a single platform though – we use different products, from different vendors, based on what was available, and the best fit at the time.

    We’ve definitely got more than a foothold in .NET. Primarily we use .NET for WebApps, but we also have a healthy set of .NET desktop/pda applications. Some were developed in-house, some provided by external vendors.

    I won’t say who I work for (I don’t speak for them, I speak from personal knowledge and experience) – but suffice to say, we’re in the top 100 companies in Australia.

  2. Will says:

    Oh, and Frank – your URL for Martin’s post is wrong 🙂 Should be http://www.martinfowler.com/bliki/RubyMicrosoft.html

  3. Steven Nagy says:

    This article from Martin backs up a discussion I had with a Sydney ThoughtWorker not too long ago who mentioned that nearly 40% of US projects are in Ruby (backed up in Martin’s article I think). They also mentioned that the majority of their Australia projects are Java. In fact there was practically no work in .Net in Brisbane at all. I don’t think this is indicative of the market in general; this was Martin’s reflection of statistics relating to ThoughtWorks alone. Perhaps the real mistake in his statement was that ThoughtWorks’ clients were Alpha IT shops? As a .Net developer, its hard for me to measure the market of other languages.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Lately i've seen a lot of "hysterics" from the Open-Source community about Ruby and how

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