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Do you prefer to work with Microsoft technologies (Windows OS + a .Net language) or Unix/Linux + Java and why?

Opinions from experts about this are very appreciated as I have been offered a good job to work with Unix + Java + MySql but I studied and worked more with vb.net, Windows and Ms SQL 2005 so, I would like to know if there is any negative aspect of direct my career to Unix + Java or if is better or worst than Microsoft .net + Windows technologies. Thanks in advance for your time.

Asked By: Hal was a Spectrum ZX - 7/1/2007
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In general I prefer Java over .NET. The only exception is for developing Windows-based rich clients. If I had to develop one of those I would not hesitate to use .NET over Java... More
Answered By: nvention - 7/2/2007
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I work with both on a day-to-day basis. Unix is more stable, easier to administrate, more powerful (i.e. you can do a lot of complex tasks very simply). You're much better off going the Linux way - it's much more rewarding over-all. Re-booting to fix a problem? Pull the other one!
Answered By: caldini - 7/1/2007
 
linux is betta since u can write .net apps in linux using mono (name of software) and so on but all to gether i like the .net framwork altho java probs it the best since it multi os and runs on macs
Answered By: m b - 7/1/2007
 
I donot want to contradict with anybody else but in my opinion, microsoft makes life easier for you as a programmer. they have encapsulated everything and a decent software doesnot need you to code thousands of lines codes like in other languages... More
Answered By: bhaskar - 7/1/2007
 
Anyone can learn to drag and drop modules to create 'applications'. I'm biased, mind I started with assembly and COBOL and I still remember the utter revulsion of the bloated monstrosities VB / VCC churned out... More
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Answered By: Malachim - 7/1/2007
 
Unix/Linux systems are far more stable, and once you start are easier to work with. Also they are more standardised, everything MS is done their own way, and just as you get a system going they are liable to change the coding forcing you to upgrade and modify everything. Mysql, php and Java are very standard, even... More
Answered By: Colinc - 7/1/2007
 
Good luck in finding an answer to your question. As a matter of fact there is no answer, but rather everyone here will be biased to the technology he is used to... More
Answered By: Smutty - 7/2/2007
 
(shrug) Mostly, I think the Unix/MS choice comes down to a matter of the client is. Non techy people like Windows. I don't think either MS or Unix is going to dissapear anytime soon, so from a career point of view it dosen't make much difference. I think you're better off being able to do both.
Answered By: satsumo - 7/3/2007
 
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