Forecast and Review: .Net is a cure for the dot com hangover

David Pye, Assistant Site Editor

Programming and .NET development expert John Robbins doesn't mince words as he shares his frank opinions on the dot com crash and the bright future awaiting companies who adopt Visual Studio .NET 2003.

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So stop sulking – things are turning around.

1. What do you think were the biggest IT issues this past year?

The economy, of course! The grueling year the IT industry suffered through will be remembered for a long time to come. With the amazing party known as the "Go-Go '90s" behind us, we've all been suffering through one heck of a hangover. Companies cut back on anything even related to IT -- especially when it came to jobs. This was the year that many people finally realized just because you can spell "W-E-B" doesn't mean you were automatically qualified for an $100K web developer job with all the free Mountain Dew you could drink. The downturn started in 2001, but the really painful problems didn't hit until 2002 -- with the force of an 8.0 Richter scale earthquake. No one could have predicted that the drop would be this steep.

2. What do you think the biggest IT issues will be in 2003?

.NET, .NET and .NET. This is the year Microsoft will be releasing Visual Studio .NET 2003 and many companies are getting through their first experimentations of developing and deploying .NET applications. Many people are finding out how productive a programming environment .NET is, and that translates into huge cost savings. These cost savings are for two key reasons: 1.) developers no longer have to worry about memory issues and 2) developers have a clean API for rich client applications and internet/web applications.

3. What do you predict will be the hot technology or technologies for 2003?

Please see the answer to question 2!

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