I went to javapolis, I have to say, I’m glad I went. I saw a lot of old friends there. Nice to catch up what they had been doing the last couple of years. Someone even called me ‘The enemy’ because I also did dotnet. But hey I like programming and don’t want to be bound to 1 language, why constrain yourself. We as developers are so openminded, why not about the language we do it in then???
I saw some demos of flex2. Well, Adobe / Macromedia have built a nice tool, I really have to admit. I’ll be given it a test drive. I’ll also give openlaslo a go, but according to one of their ‘sales/consultants’. It is not as far yet as flex2. And I’m pro opensource, but I’m not anti closed source. There’s a big difference and if the product is worth it, I’ll pay for it. In the future I will pay for a copy of Visual Studio if I’m the express edition doesn’t furfill my needs. If you do dotnet development on windows I’ve tried sharpdevelop (on linux monodevelop) and for oss development its ok, but If I’m doing work for a client I calculate the hours it takes. Well If I can buy a product that makes me work faster why not?? For doing java development I use eclipse because thats somewhat the standard and I can work very fast in it! So there’s no problem! But for dotnet windows client development the situation is different!