, felix9 wrote

@W3bbo: it fis in the entry-level / low-end, think 'express express express editon', or Wordpad vs Word, its easy simple and lightweight, with some more feature for easier development like 'packages'.

The problem it solves is, people can easily start developing PHP/Rails website using pre-packaged LAMP server, and notepad/vi, while most of newcomers think they need the huge and expensive VS monster to start developing ASP.NET, even VWD express is a gigabytes download, plus a Windows Server to install IIS, so most of them start with the easy one, MS want to attract web startups to use ASP.NET or at least, MS tools, then lure them into the MS ecosystem.

Right. But at risk of being labelled an intellectual snob, why are we, as professional developers, interested?