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Java or .NET: The Platform Dilemma

Published: 27 March 2009

ID: G00203672

Analyst(s): Kirk Knoernschild


Not long ago, the decision to use Java or .NET for enterprise development was often filled with polarizing discussions. Argumentative points advocating the merits of one platform over the other were often based on false facts and pseudo-information. Today, many organizations have development teams that use both Java and .NET, and the argument is again surfacing. The decision today, however, is based on different criteria than before. In this Application Platform Strategies overview, Analyst Kirk Knoernschild analyzes the Java and .NET platforms and highlights the important considerations when choosing to develop enterprise applications.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Chinese Whispers
  • The Ecosystems
    • Java Ecosystem
    • .NET Ecosystem
  • Market Conditions
    • Supply and Demand
    • Future Programming Pool
    • One Institution's Decision
  • Double-Edged Sword
    • The .NET (Dis)advantage
    • The Java (Dis)advantage
    • The Experts' Perspective
  • The Opaque Choice
    • Merging Worlds
  • Recommendations
    • Evaluate Project Type and Requirements
    • Investigate Vendor Support
    • Leverage Incumbent Knowledge and Infrastructure Investment
    • Consider Adopting Frameworks and Tooling Available for Both Platforms
    • Compute Costs with Care

The Details

  • Open Source Projects
  • Job Market Data
  • Education System
  • Raw Performance Numbers
  • Additional Burton Group Resources



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