Microsoft thinks .Net has beaten Java?

According to this article on eWeek, , Bob Muglia, Microsoft’s senior VP of Server and Tools business, believes that ‘Microsoft’s .Net platform has outpaced Java, particularly the Java Enterprise Edition, over the past five years to become the development platform of choice for enterprise development.’

I find this hard to believe and would like to see what figures he is basing this statement on. Java usage on large enterprise has never been stronger and is increasing all the time. I rarely hear any mention of any .Net projects, and only know of one or two people (actually, just two) who are actively working with .Net.

Do a simple search around for ‘Java’, or ‘C#’ and/or ‘.Net’ and see what sort of results you get. I guarantee you will find plenty more activity going on connected with Java than you will find .Net. Also, take a look on or your job search engine of choice and see what jobs are currently out there. Again, way more Java than .Net.

Tiobe keep a track on the relative populatity of a whole list of programming languages on their site here. They also base their figures on searching the web to collect together figures for available engineers, courses and third party vendors. Their figures are currently showing Java in the top spot with 22% market share, and the closest .Net language, C#, down in 7th with only 3%. Quite how Microsoft gets to believe they have 60% share on enterprise application development is beyond me. This figure seems way out of line with common knowledge.

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