Any technology vendor that makes disproportionate assertions claiming to be able to “slash development times” does of course need to be approached with caution, shrewd scepticism and nervous apprehension.
But a new software tool designed by a British firm has promised to do just that and claims to already have energy services company Mitie and gym, tennis and leisure club David Lloyd on its books.
The M# programming language has been developed by Geeks Ltd in the Morden region of London, just a racket’s twang away from the courts and strawberries at Wimbledon itself.
The company claims to be able to cut .NET development time by more than half with this tool, which is designed to enable .NET developers to build business applications and complex websites.
NOTE: The M# compiler transforms programs written in M# into standard ASP.NET and C# code.
“Good developers are expensive. Every day spent running a software project imposes significant cost on a business, so cutting project time without compromising on build quality is important to keep costs low and meet expectations,” said Paymon Khamooshi, director at Geeks Ltd.
“Throwing manpower at it is commonly not the solution either. According to Brooks law: adding manpower to a late project just makes it later, so we’ve devised a tool that will solve this issue but also put an end to late .NET projects. M# can cut dev time and cost significantly. The typical time/cost savings are about 4x.”
Based on the 4x principle, comparisons for a typical enterprise software development project are:
- Onshore: £400,000 (typical consultancy or in-house.
- Offshore: £280,000 plus overhead costs (onshore management, quality control) of £40,000.
- M#: £100,000.
“Given these numbers we believe that outsourcing .NET development projects should be a thing of the past,” added Khamooshi. “If we can cut development time and costs by as much as 4x then there surely has to be scope for keeping projects in Britain — we are prepared to license the M# technology to enable UK developers to meet this challenge.”