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Malaysian developers enthusiastic over Microsoft open source moves

AvantiKumar | Nov. 28, 2014
Businesses are reaping the benefits of interoperable open source, said Microsoft Malaysia Evangelist Dinesh Nair.

Dinesh Nair, Director, Microsoft Malaysia 

Photo - Dinesh Nair, Director, Developer Experience and Evangelism, Microsoft Malaysia.


Malaysia's developers and independent software vendors [ISVs] are welcoming Microsoft's continuing commitment to cross-platform developer experiences by open sourcing the full server-side .NET stack and expanding .NET to run on the Linux and Mac OS platforms.

This move was first announced during Microsoft's Connect (); event in the United States, where the company also showed Visual Studio 2015 Preview and .NET 2015 Preview, and released Visual Studio Community 2013, a new free edition of Visual Studio that provides developers with easy access to the Visual Studio core toolset.

Dinesh Nair, Microsoft Malaysia's director for developer experience and evangelism, said the local developer community was excited with Microsoft's 'open' mobile-first, cloud-first strategy.

"We have to meet the developers of today where they are, as opposed to asking them to come to where we are," said Nair. "Through these latest announcements on Visual Studio and .NET, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to delivering a comprehensive end-to-end solution for developers to build and manage applications across multiple devices and platforms."

Microsoft Malaysia recently partnered the open source community in Malaysia by sponsoring MOSCMY 2014, which saw more than 300 participants taking part in various workshops, discussions and keynotes.

Harisfazillah Jamel, Co-Founder, Open Source Developer Community 

Photo - Harisfazillah Jamel, Co-Founder, Open Source Developer Community

"A strong, open source, cross-platform Common Language Runtime (CLR) opens significant new options for building the systems we need," said Harisfazillah Jamel, co-founder of the Open Source Developer Community and chairman of the recent Malaysia Open Source Conference 2014. "This significantly expands the choices we have in terms of finding the right tools to solve the problems we encounter. I'm very excited to have access to the quality virtual machine and tooling of the CLR without having to completely rework from scratch!"

Tham Chin Seng, research and development manager for Agmo Studio, said, "There is a huge change for developers that has been slowly and steadily building up for the last couple of years. We are now moving to a world where developers have to constantly think about building for the mobile and cloud platforms. Application development is getting more complex, and what developers like ourselves need is support and resources to do that in the most efficient and convenient way. This move to open source .NET is further exciting news and shows that Microsoft is certainly moving in the right direction to win the hearts and minds of developers, no matter what they are building."

Business benefits

Microsoft Malaysia's Nair said: "Over the years, we have seen growing interest from Malaysian businesses in OSS implementation, resulting in great success stories such as Ikhasas."

Ikhasas, a property development, engineering and turnkey designs specialist, turned to open source for an affordable solution to enhance their values and operational efficiencies. "With our rapid expansion, we needed a cost-effective solution for efficient and reliable communication between our offices. With an open source Voice-as-a-Service (VaaS) solution built on top of Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, we got the best of both worlds - a reliable service at an affordable price," said Ken Tee, Ikhasas' management information systems manager.

"We will continue to engage with open source and standards communities in a variety of ways to promote interoperability, which makes it easier and less costly for local customers like Ikhasas to develop and manage mixed IT environments," Microsoft Malaysia's Nair said. "In fact, MOSCMY 2014 was a great platform where we got some really positive feedback from developers who were impressed with how open Microsoft really is. With billions of devices in the market today, developers need tools that target many different form factors and platforms."

"Microsoft is making available comprehensive tools and resources for developers to build open, interoperable cloud services with the freedom and flexibility they need - bringing to life Microsoft's vision of being the productivity and platforms company for a mobile-first, cloud-first world," he said.


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