I’m not an evangelist, I’m an arms dealer

I am going to start hunkering down and building a web standards application on the .Net application. I’ve been pretty technology agnostic over the past few years choosing ColdFusion on Windows against Oracle 8i/9i on HPUX, J2EE with Hibernate and Spring on Redhat with Postgres, Rails with FastCGI then Mongrel against MySQL and Oracle, and most recently Python (Django) and PHP (from WordPress and Textpattern to some custom development using CodeIgniter and CakePHP). But it’s time to build a set of applications using default .Net stack. I haven’t really done a tonne of Windows development since Visual Basic versions 3 through 6 and Delphi.

My MacBook Pro has Vista under BootCamp installed with Visual Web Developer Express and SQL Server 2005 Express. I’m using the Express editions. I want to walk through the process of how I would evaluate the technologies and the development experience. So far, wow, Visual Studio is awesome! I love Textmate but I am really digging the environment.

I’m still trying to figure things out, it’s different but there are a lot of things to like.

I’m finding a lot of folks building very interesting things like Xobni. I’ve listened to Rick Segal wax poetic about why startups don’t use the Microsoft platform. There some perceptions which I may have held at some point. There is a huge market, “Microsoft has sold 85 million licenses to the enhanced version of SharePoint across 17,000 companies” according to the WSJ and that was back in April 2007. There is a lot of opportunity to look beyond an advertising only business model.

I’m interested. Are startups in Canada building on the Microsoft platform? Take a minute and let me know.

Here are some of the solutions I am evaluating as a rough replacement for the small projects I’m working on.

Infrastructure

Depending on your needs and price sensitivity, other than Mosso there doesn’t seem to be an equivalent of the hosting choices of Joyent, (mt) or Dreamhost (though some might say DiscountASP is pretty similar to Dreamhost). Cartika Hosting is based in Toronto and gets rave reviews on WHT. And Rackforce based in Vancouver offers outstanding VPS price-to-performance plans.

Who are the big hosters in the Windows space?

Development Tools

Tutorials

8 thoughts on “I’m not an evangelist, I’m an arms dealer”

  1. <p>We've been building on the Microsoft platform for years and the first version on our product was all built in .Net but we switched to a Java environment for V2 last summer. </p><br />
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    <p>A big reason for our switching was being able to leverage services like Amazon's EC2. We just couldn't easily & cost effectively offer a SaaS platform if we stayed on the windows platform.</p><br />
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    <p>For licensed software we also started coming up against more and more prospects who just couldn't deal with us as they weren't allowed to run MS servers internally.</p>

  2. <p>I am currently rebuilding my site, CastRoller.com in .NET</p><br />
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    <p>I am hosting the new version with IWeb.ca, I was able to get a very good deal on a Dedicated box so was able to install .net 3.5 on it it.</p><br />
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    <p>I've already filled out your form, please contact me if you have any questions about my site.</p>

  3. <p>The MVC framemwork will help you with the webstandards part. You won't have to deal with older server controls.</p><br />
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    <p>Good luck. Need a study Buddy? I need to learn MVC as well.</p>

  4. We've been building on the Microsoft platform for years and the first version on our product was all built in .Net but we switched to a Java environment for V2 last summer.

    A big reason for our switching was being able to leverage services like Amazon's EC2. We just couldn't easily & cost effectively offer a SaaS platform if we stayed on the windows platform.

    For licensed software we also started coming up against more and more prospects who just couldn't deal with us as they weren't allowed to run MS servers internally.

  5. I am currently rebuilding my site, CastRoller.com in .NET

    I am hosting the new version with IWeb.ca, I was able to get a very good deal on a Dedicated box so was able to install .net 3.5 on it it.

    I've already filled out your form, please contact me if you have any questions about my site.

  6. The MVC framemwork will help you with the webstandards part. You won't have to deal with older server controls.

    Good luck. Need a study Buddy? I need to learn MVC as well.

  7. <p>We're using <a href="http://Lunarpages.com&quot; target="_blank">Lunarpages.com </a> for our .NET Facebook Projects. Never needed to contact support so I can't comment on that but they do have a good connection to Facebook.</p>

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