Spolsky on the Windows API

Joel Spolsky on How Microsoft Lost the API War:

Outside developers, who were never particularly happy with the complexity of Windows development, have defected from the Microsoft platform en-masse and are now developing for the web….


Much as I hate to say it, a huge chunk of developers have long since moved to the web and refuse to move back.

Good article. I recommend reading all of it, not just my highly selective snippets here.

2 Replies to “Spolsky on the Windows API”

  1. quote from the article: "while typical Web programmers using managed code languages (Java, PHP, Perl, even ASP.NET) earn about $80,000 a year."

    Is the cost of living really 4-5 times higher there (I would believe it) or should I move? :]

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