The reaction to Joel Spolsky's API Wars piece keeps coming in.
Prasenjeet Dutta: Right or wrong, Joel scored a slam dunk. …It is not clear that soldiering on with the Raymond Chen approach1, with its 80s era design, would have solved anything.
Larry O'Brien: mciSendString(“Wrong, Joel”). “That Microsoft APIs must now compete for favor with APIs from Palo Alto, SourceForge, or where-have-you is true, but that's vastly different than losing. The game is barely afoot.
Dotnetfinserv: One Run-time to Rule them all. “All things being equal, Joel makes some very articulate & valid points about the challenges & frustrations inherent in hitching one's wagon to Microsoft…I just think his crystal ball needs some Windex.”
Dennis Hamilton: Rich Client, Poor Client, Smart Client, Web Client. “I have never considered substituting Hotmail and web-based distributed-learning applications for the fat-client Outlook and FirstClass on my desktop. I will be happier when I can operate my blogs from the desktop and not the browser.”