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Baah! This is one of the least convincing posts I have ever read from you. If you use the Microsoft stack for developing, probably the only piece you have to pay for is Windows itself but most people already have it on their dev box. You can then use the free Express editions of Visual Studio and SQL Server. You don't have to pay for licensing for deployment. Host your app on any shared hosting which offer Windows and SQL Server for $5/month. Cheap as Linux. You want more power. Use Azure and let Microsoft worry about licensing issues. As for Ruby vs .NET/C# open sources resources. I bet there are more C# developers than Ruby developers willing to work on open source projects. Do a search on dice.com. A lot more demand for C#. Do a search on github.com. A ton more C# open source projects than Ruby projects. Ruby is only good for web apps. C# can be used for web apps, mobile apps (Xamarin or native), desktop apps, services, web services, micro devices.. etc. I can go on.
Commented Mar 22, 2013 on
I've been a Microsoft developer for decades now. I weaned myself on various flavors of home computer Microsoft Basic, and I got my first paid programming gigs in Microsoft FoxPro, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Visual Basic. I have seen the future of programming, my friends, and it is terrible...
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