Recently a colleague was surprised that I did not have MS .NET installed and assumed that I was paranoid about it and was doing something to keep it off from my computer. That is not the case, however. I have narrowed my attention to the .NOT world, as it is simply impossible for me to stay current in both. I simply had no reason to install .NET…until today. I just installed it.
Should I be concerned about this adversely affecting my computer in some way? Will it take longer to boot now? I am pretty clueless when it comes to .NET.
I am helping out a friend who owns the Curves I go to (I often refer to it as “the gym” just to make me sound less like a suburban housewife or, more accurately, like a small town, middle-aged woman). I am evaluating two software products for use by her franchise.
The one that costs less also installs in a heartbeat, compared to the one installing on my computer right now. This one first installed .NET, then required that I reboot the machine, and is now installing SQL Server 2005, after which I would guess it will install the application. So far this installation has lasted a half hour longer than the other, including me having to close all of my open applications to reboot, and it is not completed.
The other software runs a database by Sage Software Canada named Providex. I have not researched the company, but I did look at an example of their code. I was delighted to see that it was some derivative of Dartmouth BASIC, as is the MV BASIC we are using on SnupNow. BASIC is a curious language in that it was never standardized when it was popular. There are numerous languages that stem from BASIC, with Visual Basic being the most well-known. This list of BASIC dialects seems as good as any http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_BASIC_dialects
I did a talk once on business intelligence tools entitled “The Music Isn’t In the Piano.” You cannot simply roll a piano up to just anyone’s workstation and think you will hear lovely music. Tools matter, but they do better when in capable hands (I hear InterSystems employees snickering now, given that I seem somewhat less than capable with their toolset at this point). You get the idea–I was indicating that tools are just tools.
While I plan to compare features, pricing, and many other aspects of these two software products, now with the installation of the second software application wrapping up, I cannot help but also think that the platform really does matter. Tools might just be tools, but not all tools are alike. Some very BASIC ones from small companies can be less bloated than some fancy ones from big vendors.
Are you sensing that I already know which software application I will choose? Nah, I’ll admit that my aversion to .NET, about which I know so little, might not be entirely rational (while I will also claim that it is). The platform is also just one factor, even if important for the life of the software and those who use it.