The Community ASP.NET Needs

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The last few of my articles have been focused on some of the maneuvers Microsoft is pulling to improve and repair the ASP.NET brand. As eluded to in these articles, these decisions made by Microsoft are aimed at the developers. If Microsoft is able to build an active set of developers for their programming products, it will only reinforce and strengthen their position in the industry. However, as discussed, the relations with many programmers and Microsoft is, to say the least, tainted. So what’s the goal for Microsoft and ASP.NET’s community? They should first reach the same status as the PHP community, and then surpass it.

On a purely unscientific perusal of both the ASP.NET and PHP Facebook pages, the community powering PHP appears superior. Based off number of “like”s alone, PHP has ASP.NET dominated 118k to 20.5k. Although a more in-depth analysis should be done, glazing over the topics of the posts from each site provides further information. There appeared to be a lot of employers/job postings on the PHP page. A previous post I did regarding ColdFusion jobs suggests that the job market for ASP.NET is much healthier than PHP, so it is interesting to see this difference. My initial response to this is that the roots of PHP in the open-source community created a job market that is more open and community-centric, whereas ASP.NET jobs are likely more business/professional centric.

On ASP’s page, questions dominated. The questions themselves were also interesting, as they were mostly requests for help. This is a sign of novice programmers, as experienced users are going to ask direct questions that will solve their issues – unlike this poster on the ASP.NET page:

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Obviously there are various other places on the internet to find the heart of a particular community, and the short examination of these two pages is not certainly 100% representative of the states of these communities. However, in my experience, I believe the issues pointed out above are a fairly accurate reflection of the shortcomings of the ASP.NET community. Where is the heart of the ASP.NET community? What can we do to boost that community? Who will help Microsoft build that community? Let us know your answers here.

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Michael Marr is a staff writer for WebProNews