Open Source .NET Projects Getting Cold Shoulder?
Back in June of last year, we featured
in the pages of Redmond Developer News
, profiling him
and his popular Coding Horror developer
in the Cool Developer Tricks section of RDN
At the time, Jeff had expressed a concern that some of the big-name dev bloggers
he looked up to were busy running their own software companies and had a lot
more going on than he did. Now it seems that Jeff is onto a few small things
of his own. Since our interview, Jeff has moved on from his position as a senior
technical evangelist at Vertigo Software to devote more of his time to blogging
and pursuing an open source project of his own, called Stackoverflow.com.
And, as he recounts in an April
10 Coding Horror blog entry, Jeff has recently awarded a $5,000 grant to
Dario Solera of the ScrewTurn Wiki project, which is developing an ASP.NET-based
Wiki engine. The award is part of an announced program to recognize outstanding
and important efforts in the field of .NET open source development.
Here's where it gets interesting. Jeff contends that "open source projects
are treated as second-class citizens in the Microsoft ecosystem." He says
Microsoft is not only wrong to withhold support from open source projects that
contribute to the .NET universe; he believes Microsoft's fate as a dev tools
provider hinges on the company changing its approach.
It's a point worth discussion. Dev shops worldwide rely on diverse open source
tools like DotNetNuke, MbUnit, NAnt, NHibernate and ZedGraph, just to name a
few. And yet, for all of Microsoft's efforts to embrace, welcome and work with
the open source community (CodePlex, the IronPython and IronRuby projects, Mono
development, etc.), it's clear that the .NET-aligned, open source developer
community isn't feeling the love from Redmond.
Are you using or considering the use of open source tooling in your development
projects? Tell us how you are using these .NET-savvy tools either alongside
or in place of Microsoft's own products. Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Michael Desmond on 04/15/2008 at 1:15 PM