Friday, May 02, 2008

Silverlight, JSON, and Entity Framework and .net Being the Primary Enterprise Platform

Silverlight, JSON, and Entity Framework and .net Being the Primary Enterprise Platform

JSON support is ready.

Silverligiht is coming.

Entity Framework: it is more complicated. Perhaps it is not as good as the java-port, nhibernate, just like springframework and other things (for one thing, EF uses code generation approach -- ugly thing, isn't it). However, the key is, the official, recommended architecture on .net is exactly the same as lightweight Java's.

Soon .Net will surpass Java/javascript.

However, the power of silverlight is that it is cross platform. I hope Linux world can take advantage of this -- however, regardless Linux/Windows, Java is now officially behind.

Silverlight marks the start of the end – now, .net can begin to claim that it is a superior platform. We are seeing a historical turning point.

A dominating platform that is not open-source based, it is very scary – it is not that I am brain-washed by open-source arguments, it is my real world many years experience: companies come and go, if you do not have source code, it is trouble.

You may say, that is only for application level. For system level, it is OK that you do not have source code. Actually, for many years, java VM is not open source. I have to agree.

However, I have to say that considering our dependency on computers, it is still scary; too much is at stake. I seriously believe that eventually the governments will do something to guarantee some healthy competition between open source and MS.

All in all, while I will continue to pay attention to Linux (and Unix in general), open-source C/C++, and Java, I have to say that perhaps we should welcome the fact that .net is going to be better than java (java is going to be the underdog), from now on, especially this accompanies that fact that M$ is adopting, encouraging, and enforcing a more and more non-mort culture.

I do not regret entering into .net -- after all those years, finally I can brag about it to my Java colleague.

You may say, is it even possible that M$ is enforcing a non-mort culture? I believe so. It is to the best interest of MS. It is called segmentation of markets. M$ will certainly keep its low end, mort market. However, it will also establish its high end market. The key is that its key selling point is that its high-end market is a continuum of its low end market. Another key point is that high end must lead low end – this is a technical necessity – it seems that M$ finally gets this, just recently: you can simplify a good system to make it easier, but it is a technical impossible that you “complexify” a bad system to make it good. So, more accurately, combining the two key points together: M$’s key selling point is that M$’s low end market is the continuation of its high end market.

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