Java and .NET Worlds Getting Closer

The trend is very clear: two platforms becoming very similar.

  • Cool Java tools ported into .NET, including Hibernate, Spring, CruiseControl and so on
  • Mono project matures and provides a way to run .NET applications on Linux
  • Java Server Faces is very similar to ASP.NET model (and even ViewState feature has been introduced on TheServerSide recently)
  • Java 1.5 is closer to C# (Generics, Enums and so on)
  • Moreover, recently a tool appeared that allows to deploy .NET application on Tomcat, for example
  • ReSharper brings many cool features from IDEA to VS.NET and it is easier to migrate from one development environment to another.

What is the difference? Maybe soon Java developer will be able to write good .NET app after a weekly training. And .NET developer will hit a button and get 10 builds: one for .NET on Windows, second for .NET on Linux, third for WebSphere on AIX, fourth for Tomcat and so on. We’ll see.

Hiring and Startup

Extremely useful article about nature of startups and hiring. Why big companies buy startups? Where are the benefits? Paul Graham thinks that this is one of the best way to do hiring and inject a fresh blood into the company.

“The central problem in big companies, and the main reason they’re so much less productive than small companies, is the difficulty of valuing each person’s work. Buying larval startups solves that problem for them: the acquirer doesn’t pay till the developers have proven themselves.”

“Buying startups also solves another problem afflicting big companies: they can’t do product development. Big companies are good at extracting the value from existing products, but bad at creating new ones.”