Developers Revving up for .NET

Regardless of whether .NET is used in-house or for business-to-business connectivity, developers seem to be preparing to move rapidly toward writing code.

Research from Gartner Inc. indicates the .NET code will supplant COM code quickly. Gartner expects the ratio of COM-to-.NET code will be about 70 percent COM and 30 percent .NET in the next year or so. That 30 percent will be “primarily focused around the ASP layer which is really an exciting element of .NET,” said Mark Driver, an analyst at Gartner.

A year or two later, Gartner projects the code ratio will flip to 30 percent COM and 70 percent .NET. And around 2005, 95 percent of new code will be the newer .NET code, according to Gartner’s models.

Supporting Gartner’s conversion projections, ComponentSource, which calls itself a Software Reuse Infrastructure Provider, recently surveyed the 510 component authors who make up its developer community. Of 250 respondents, 60 percent said they planned to launch .NET versions of their components. Of those, 30 percent planned to launch final versions of their components at the launch of Visual Studio .NET in Q4 2001. An additional 44 percent planned to launch within three months of the Visual Studio .NET launch.

“That took a lot of the hype out of it for us when our actual customers, our authors, were saying, ‘We’re actually going to build these things and release them,’” said Sam Patterson, CEO of Component Source.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.