Ballmer Interview on Enterprise Tools

Hats off to Daryl Taft from e-Week for his interview with Steve Ballmer on Enterprise Tools. This is one of the few interviews I have seen that probes Ballmer on the developer tools market.

In the article, Ballmer acknowledges that Eclipse is the main competitor for Microsoft in the tools area. I think everyone agrees there are two main platforms: Eclipse and Visual Studio.

I did find it interesting that he discounts Eclipse on Windows. Indicating that our momentum is on non-Windows platform: ‘There’s certainly some momentum, at least among the non-Windows platforms building around Eclipse.’ Not sure if I agree with this. A great majority of our downloads are for the Windows version.

In fact, I think a lot of developers are using Eclipse and Visual Studio side-by-side. It is a heterogeneous world and developers need to develop for .Net and Java. If you ask me, a C# and .Net IDE would do really well at Eclipse. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Ballmer Interview on Enterprise Tools

  1. Maybe he was referring to deployment platforms. Sure, a heafty number of our downloads are for the Windows version of Eclipse, but in my experience, a lot of the folks who use Eclipse for development on Windows are deploying their enterprise systems to other platforms (Linux, UNIX, Z, …)

  2. I’ve used both Eclipse and VS .NET (C#) for large projects. Eclipse is SO much better: refactoring, go-to-definition, where-used, incremental compilation and other nitty-gritty features. MS makes it easy to use their new technologies, but MUCH harder to do the day-to-day grunt work of working with code.

    This is the difference between a tool by & for developers (Eclipse) and one that is driven by the need to push a vendor’s technologies.

    I hear VS 2005 is better; we’ll have to see.

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