Everyone wants to know the answer and, Microsoft, where are you? Seriously, what are doing, why aren’t you answering? We don’t understand your PR strategy. You’ve got a wide and deep amount of developer hatred focused on you and you do nothing? I remember when we were close. But now apparently our relationship has changed but no one told us.
Oh, and stop telling us to wait until Build! You aren’t Apple – so don’t pretend ‘mystery and secrecy’ can work for you. We are developing LOB applications, not trinkets, don’t treat us like kids. We make decisions based on your technology stack so don’t ‘hint’ that the our world is going to drastically change and then tell us – “shhh, you’re not ready yet”. That’s a total dick move and you know it. Uncertainty sucks!
Let me summarize two of our major concerns – then we can go from there:
1) What is dead (pick one or more)?
Silverlight, WPF, .Net, WinForms
2) If the word ‘dead’ bothers you, what would you ‘recommend’ that we – the developers – focus on going forward for non-LOB and LOB applications? Note we want both because non-LOB probably means without the TPL or entity framework, etc… and like we said – we don’t build trinkets.
BTW, if you do really plan to hold out until Build, you’re answers better be good – sorry we mean fantastic. And get to the point fast, don’t screw around with half-assed non-committal answers either. There’s been too much silence and too much non-commitment lately. Time to man up and set out a clear direction.
The bread and butter development community that you have relied on for years.