SD Times has a piece reporting on the status of .NET 18 months after release. I find it interesting that they cite working with a robust class library as one of the big transitions that developers in old school VB or C++ had to make when moving to .NET. I’m so used to working with languages that have robust class libraries and easily available open source libraries that it just baffles me that people find that difficult. Generally I kick myself when I write something and later find that it was available already, so the idea of giving up on writing code instead of integrating with code that is already written seems bizarre.
The quote at the end complaining about the lack of rapid application development tools for Java comparable to Visual Studio .NET also strikes me as one made from ignorance. I think the Java tools market is pretty darn mature.