!Re: Nuke Redmond!

From: Richard Erlacher <edick_at_idcomm.com>
Date: Thu Apr 6 11:51:27 2000

You can't blame Microsoft for allowing YOU to write buggy code. I've never
been shown a case where it's impossible to write the code so it correctly
because of a limitation on the language's interpreter or compiler. It may
not help you do things the way you'd like, but I've never been shown a case
where it forces you to write bug-infested code.

You may be onto something . . . maybe I have cracked up . . . I'm probably
not alone, though.

You did catch the point that VB is often used simply as a band-aid. It does
this well. If you work as a consultant, you don't work for engineers, you
work for managers. They like to point out a problem and have you fix it.
No muss, no fuss, just dispatch the problem in the quickest way possible.
That ends up costing them less most of the time. Sometimes it's not the
right approach.


----- Original Message -----
From: <allisonp_at_world.std.com>
To: <classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2000 8:24 AM
Subject: Re: !Re: Nuke Redmond!

> On Wed, 5 Apr 2000, Bruce Lane wrote:
> >
> >I can only speak for myself, but sitting in front of a screen for 12+hour
> > days grinding out nothing but abstract code would drive me bonkers
> > of a week. I prefer to work with REAL hardware, thank you. Things I can
> > actually see, touch, and manipulate with hand tools, solder/desolder
> > equipment, and a nice test bench full of instruments.
> ;) Yep!
> >No, it's not a joke. It is a useful language for what it does. But it is
> > NOT suitable for every imaginable application. Each language -- C, C++,
> > ADA, Pascal, whatever -- has its own strengths and weaknesses. I would
> > hardly choose VB to write, say, code for an embedded microcontroller.
> > would I choose it if I just needed a simple program in ANSI BASIC for an
> > older system.
> VB is almost as reliable as my copy of MITS basic 3.1 and also the copy
> of MITS basic 3.21 ($75 more) and so on... MS meant buggy code 1975 and
> still does.
> > I'm curious... if you're so enamored of VB and PCs, and not so much of
> > "antiquated technology," why are you even subscribed to this list?
> I'd bet for a break from insanity! ;)
> Richard has one point burried in there. VB good or bad is the accepted
> tool and as Zane pointed out a sad story indeed that it would be a
> standard at all.
> Allison
Received on Thu Apr 06 2000 - 11:51:27 BST

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