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.net alternatives by Michel Grootjans August 2009 Entries
java vs .net: the community
Since the beginning of July, I've been working on a java project. The language is very close to C#, although it has some minor irritating differences, like the lack good generic support, extension methods and closures. The big difference however is not in the language, the tools, the libraries or the utilities. One of the big differences I've seen is the community. I've been on many projects that have worked exclusively with Microsoft tools, libraries and (god forbid) examples. When the subject is ......

Posted On Monday, August 31, 2009 6:32 PM

Isn't this sad?
I was just browsing around and stumbled on this nice site called It lists different categories of mysteries, ranging from the classic ancient mysteries to space and astronomy. The first page I hit was "It's official: cows point norht". That's when my eye caught the Belgian flag in the ads rectangle. I realized this was a live traffic feed telling the world who was watching the site at this time, and that I was on top sporting "Vilvoorde, Brabant: It's official: cows point north". ......

Posted On Sunday, August 23, 2009 11:23 PM

java vs .net: the language
I'd like to compare the java language to .net as I'm experiencing it. First of all, I'd like to point out that the differences are less than the similarities. Purely seen from a syntax point there really are no differences. Except of course if you're used to .net 3.5. This is irritating at first, but after a while you're just resigned to it. Take the simple properties we're so used to in .net Compare these two identical pieces of code: java: private int counter; public int getCounter(){ return counter; ......

Posted On Sunday, August 9, 2009 5:43 PM

Polyglot programming
For many developers, the one-language notion is a sign of lack of professionalism. This is best exemplified by the Pragmatic Programmers' advice to learn a new language every year. The point here is that programming languages do affect the way you think about programming, and learning new languages can do a lot to help you think about solving problems in different ways. From Martin Fowler’s at I got the opportunity to participate in a java project since ......

Posted On Thursday, August 6, 2009 8:11 AM

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