"We'd be crazy not to recognize the success the competition is having," Hejlsberg said. "I think it's obvious to anybody that there's competition between .Net and Java. And I think we'd be stupid to ignore what they've done there. I've seen further by standing on the shoulders of giants. There is so much in this industry that there's really no reason to reinvent. So I think we are all learning from each other."
Crupi, a respected J2EE architect, said, "I love what they have done with annotations and Web services."
For instance, both Box and Hejlsberg wore black shirts. Fowler said, "I see the Microsoft guys are dressed in black. Are they taking this evil empire thing a little too seriously?"