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Mobile Developers Still Favor .Net and Java, But The Popularity Of Linux And
Android Is Growing

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| Still, it's worth noting that Linux, Android and Mac OS are all on the rise
| despite the fact that they are either still coming to market, or have
| relatively small market share.


JVM-Based Languages Grow In Popularity

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| A growing number of languages are thus being written for the JVM. Four of the
| most popular are distributed under an open-source license. Given that Java is
| now open source, this means that you have a fully open-source stack to work
| with--one that's also portable. Because these languages are implemented on
| top of the JVM, they also have access to standard Java classes and libraries.
| This means that if a third-party product includes connectivity routines in
| Java, but you prefer to work in Python, you can use Jython and access the
| Java libraries from within your program.



Linux Development Thriving

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| There was a time when developers were clamouring all over Microsoft, but
| latest figures from Evans Data shows that fewer than one in ten software
| developers are writing applications for Windows Vista this year – just eight
| percent. To rub salt in the wound, the data shows that 49 percent of
| developers are writing applications for Windows XP.
| Linux is also thriving it would seem. 13 percent are writing applications,
| with 15.5 percent in 2009.
| [...]
| Unfortunately for Microsoft, that probably means re-investing in XP and
| dumping Vista like an unwanted prom date.


Vista's big problem: 92 percent of developers ignoring it

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| Such appreciation for history is not likely to warm the ****les of
| Microsoft's heart, especially when Linux is getting lots of love from
| developers (13 percent writing apps for it this year and 15.5 percent in
| 2009).


Coders Tell Why They're Avoiding Vista

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| Microsoft Corp. undoubtedly wanted to avoid its current predicament. It has
| been publicly talking up features in Vista since 2003 -- half a decade.
| But such "overmarketing," as Krasowski calls it, can rebound. Experienced
| developers have become jaded towards the third-party apps Microsoft trots out
| as exemplars of Redmond's latest technology -- "demoware," he calls them --
| that sparkle with flashy animation and video.



Holy Crap: Did Bill Gates Just Say Windows Sucks?

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| We asked a simple question: what Microsoft product could have used a little
| more polish before release? The answer astounded us. We would just like to
| thank Bill Gates for his honesty and his openness.

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