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.Net for Apple? Not on your life

A reader writes that when it comes to security and trust, Apple's reputation among its customers is much better than Microsoft's.


.Net for Apple? Not on your life

In response to the July 26 column by Chris LeTocq, "Time to decide about .Net":

I take issue with several points in your column regarding Apple's need to use .Net.

.Net is still ".Not." The CLR (common language runtime) still doesn't work, and I would bet good money that it still won't work by the end of 2001. I will be quite surprised if it ever works the way the company's marketing gimmicks promise it will. It's classic Microsoft: Build a large myth about what Microsoft software will be capable of, and then gradually put out little balloons in the press that scale back certain features, until you're really left with nothing more than an overblown, slightly more feature-rich NT4/Windows 95.

In addition, there are significant security concerns among consumers and businesses alike over the emerging Web-services market, and especially Microsoft's trustworthiness in implementing it. When it comes to security and trust, I must say that Apple's reputation among its customers (and even non-customers) is much better than Microsoft's, and I strongly doubt we will see rapid widespread adoption of ".Not" Web services.

Where is this "rich" Yahoo mail editor for the PC? I am a very frequent Yahoo mail user and have never seen this application. The only "application" that is at all similar to this that I have seen is Yahoo mail's tiny applet that allows you to set Yahoo mail as your default e-mail client. It still brings up the Web interface--the same Web interface you get on the Mac. Maybe you've seen something I haven't.

Why would Apple port .Net? It is based on several proprietary Microsoft-only implementations mixed in with standards-based technology. Microsoft-based development is certainly rapid, but Microsoft systems are not known for their stability and scalability, regardless of the propaganda from Redmond. Real programmers know: Want to build it fast? Go Microsoft. Want to build it right? Go Unix.

And since everyone but Microsoft appears to be moving toward Unix-based systems with Java, C and other standard languages, it wouldn't make much sense for Apple to Windows-ize its application platform.

Phillip Morelock
Los Angeles