Have you ever done or heard of someone abandoning .net for the sole reason of the .net framework prerequisite on pcs that use Windows xp for example?
Currently I'm working on VS 2008, so I'd need the 3.5 version, windows 7 has it, not sure about vista but maybe it has an earlier version, and then windows xp is most likely to need the .net framework installation unless the pc has been regularly updated.
I guess one could bundle the .net framework and the relevant app in a cd, but if it comes to online downloading, I'd prefer a once off installation.
Is java/python better for this? (For the record I've heard of such a scenario, when a company decided to move from vb6 to python because they didn't want the installer/admin guy to have to worry about the .net framework prerequisite)