I was recently directed to The MossyBlog Times because apparently the “Is Microsoft or Adobe better” discussion (I use the term loosely, it more of a flame war if you’re familiar with that) has become fierce as the season of tech conferences is underway. MIX vs MAX, Flash/Flex vs Silverlight, .NET vs ColdFusion, Creative Suite vs Expression Studio…etc. The first in this list MIX and MAX are two of the largest technology conferences in the world. Unfortunately, I am unable to attend either of these conferences and have to respond to hear/say summaries by actual attendees. It’s unfortunate, because I believe both would be valuable to my job as a web developer, but I digress.
Here is the issue as I see it. There are plenty of strong opinions on both sides and plenty of blog posts for and against everything from Flash’s market penetration to support for the growing number of software developers moving into the web space. The twists and turns this industry takes was right there among them, however in the original wording there was a claim that Microsoft’s core competency was design (which it isn’t). However, the author has since reworded, but I wanted to post my comment on my blog since it hasn’t found it’s way onto the comments section of the post itself (yet).
Here was my response to Scott Barnes post about his experience at Adobe MAX this year.
My opinion, Adobe has built their technologies with Designers in mind, and MS has build theirs with Developers in mind…the race is now who can get their products to the middle first. I have to give the edge to MS here because in my opinion, dealing with versions, and data and the complexity of supporting it is much harder (as Adobe is finding out) than getting that data to display in slick ways.
If I had to build a complex RIA today, I would likely use .NET for my back end and Flash/Flex for my front end plugin…so there you have it.”
Adobe Air is awesome, Windows Presentation Foundation is really slick…only time will tell.