Hello Dear Microsoft platform independent language is c#(called as C Sharp) its beta ver. is avaible & is very close to our own java with just different naming convention.lets watch & see how it takes up, but one thing for sure when Microsoft is behind it is definatly going to create a impact. Lokesh
Tom is right .NET is not platform independant, it's still very Microsoft oriented. This past weeks java is loosing market a bit it might pick up later on , or not depends i think on how developers will embrase .NET tools , which i read are really good , its one common invoronment one compiler for all which is very cool.
Here in the UK java is the most in demand IT skill I expect the story is similar elsewhere, note that is IT skill, not just programming skill. C# and .NET are new products either just out of or still in beta. Java has a head start of five years. I expect C# and .NET will be successfull, but it seems very unlikely to eclipse Java. Marcus