It's great that Scott and Dan took the time to respond to the bizarre rantings of Richard Grimes' final column.
Personally, I'm not going to write a big essay in retort. I think Richard's essay stands on its own, and proves only that he's out of touch. It sure seems odd that a fellow who's written books on .NET and a column for three years would leave on that kind of note. It was kind of sad.
My thoughts on his thoughts:
- The Size of the Framework - Sure, it's big. So was Win32, and so is sun.java.*. Programming isn't all Ruby on Rails, you know. :) The redist is 25 Meg? For what you get that's pretty cheap. That'll fit on any pen-drive and can be downloaded in a few minutes via broadband.
- The Framework is a Thin Wrapper on Win32 - Um, duh?
- VB and VB.NET are too different - Again, it's common knowledge that VB.NET isn't VB and vice versa. VB.NET exists to make former Visual Basic programmers comfortable, and to provide another, arguably simpler interface to IL.
Yes, he's cynical. All I know is that .NET has paid my mortage (and possibly yours) for a few years now, and I'm not too interested in complaining about a good thing.