Richard Turner - What would you tell a college student who is trying to decide between .NET or other

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Richard Turner, program manager on the Indigo team, has worked in Java and other languages and platforms before he got to Microsoft so we asked what his advice would be to someone starting out in their programming career.

Why do we keep asking this question? Because it starts an interesting discussion about the pros and cons of Microsoft's approach.

What would your advice be to someone who is trying to decide on a platform today?





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    Interesting point. I've tried to impress this upon the students at our place because it certainly seems to reflect my experience. Unfortunately Linux/Java currently have a "cool" factor that .NET and Microsoft lack.
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    Hello everyone..

    Just wanted to add a few things..

    Its funny - I used to be one of those java/linux guys and stumbled across .net 3 years ago by chance.. since then I never looked back..

    Now for my point ( Big Smile ) - I'm currently completing my CS degree and have been able to turn those non-believers into steadfast followers!

    I actually argued many of their points - both from a technical and a business perspective.

    What really won them over is when did the following :

    Both parties would sit at one computer - so me and the other guy

    Then we would make up something to do. For example, make a webpage that takes in email address and verifies it to make sure its valid..

    now the java/linux guy was able to keep up with me while we were making it.. so he still wasnt impressed

    then we made a new assignment.. we decided to create 1 table in a database of our choice and populate with some data i just so happened to have handy (100000+ records) (basicaly a product table)

    what we had to do was simple - search the data and spit back a response based off the search criteria in a nice manor..

    well i think it took me a total of 10 minutes to perform this task..

    afterwich i preceded to the coke machine while he spent his time coding away..

    the end result - what wound up winning him over - productivity.. he was amazed at how fast one was able to make something - moreover - he was doubly impressed that it looked better than his..

    and this is a hardcore / g00r00 linux type..

    i will admit it hasnt been easy converting the masses but i shall convert all to c# one way or another

    lol sorry some geek humor there

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