India vs China: The battle begins.

Steve Hamm

There's no question about it: India has a massive lead on China in the software off-shoring game. But, behind the scenes, the Chinese are planting the seeds that could eventually make them major players in global outsourcing. On a flight from Chicago to Beijing last week, I sat next to a top Chinese programmer who gave me a taste of things to come. He's Alex Dong, a software architect and project lead who works for Objectiva. The software programming company was started in Beijing in 1999 but was sold in 2004 to an American firm, Document Science Corp. Dong's wife is also a software developer, and she works for India's Satyam. So Dong has a view into both worlds. His verdict, perhaps not surprisingly: China's coding is better.

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