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Fri, 09 Jan 2004

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Predictions for 2004

At GeekSpeek yesterday (kinda like GeekNight but with curry instead of pizza, and no computers) Tim Bacon asked us all what 2004 might yield for the computing industry. Here’s what we came up with.

.NET development will become much more attractive, because Visual Studio will gain refactoring support. IDEs continue to be a major factor in attracting programmers to a particular technology. IntelliJ Arora is looking great and Eclipse is quite a capable IDE (but seems to be lacking some direction — their stated goal isn’t “to be better than IntelliJ”, they’re building a platform). JetBrains, the people behind IntelliJ, are also working on a bringing refactoring support to the C# world. Some of my colleagues have stated that they’re most efficient whilst coding in Java, not because it’s the best language, but because it has IntelliJ.

Subversion will become the de-facto standard for version control. I’m always talking about this, but Subversion is currently in beta and will have a 1.0 release in February of this year. SourceForge will begin to support Subversion, following in the footsteps of Tigris and CodeHaus who already offer Subversion hosting.

Apple’s iPod will become the must-have accessory for anyone with enough disposable income to afford one. Techies across the planet all salivate over Apple hardware, yet when it comes to actually parting with hard cash, I for one am less eager. I’d love an Apple computer, but can’t really justify it. An iPod is different – I really should have bought one instead of a cheaper clone. iPods have mass market appeal, they’re releasing a cheaper, 4 gig model, and so I really hope this will be the year of Apple.

Posted 16:31, 09 Jan 2004.  

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