[futurebasic] Re: [FB] durable/polyvalent programs

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From: Christopher Wyatt <poetcsw@...>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 21:21:00 -0600
On Jan 23, 2009, at 8:23 PM, laurent@... wrote:

> Indeed. Unfortunately, there is rapid obsolescence of
> this eye candy and its programming interface. So that, in
> ten years time, the eye candy programming you learn today
> will be not an asset but a handicap!

If it's not visual, and nearly drag-n-drop, most of my students could  
not care less for the tool. As an article in ComputerWorld recently  
stated, that we still type code for basic programming tasks  
illustrates how little we've progressed. We will always need to hand- 
code internal logic, but interfaces and much of what they do should be  
far more automatic.

I was and am a Delphi bigot. I think Delphi came the closest to what I  
thought an IDE could be. I've never felt the same "Cool!" using any  
tool on the Mac. Visual Studio keeps evolving and it's time for Apple  
to borrow some ideas. Sorry, but Xcode still feels like I'm using the  
old NeXT cube I had in college.

Programming is taught with Java in far more classes than any other  
tool. Most use Eclipse, now, too.

I knew I was getting old when a student asked why I had the "Terminal"  
and "X11" icons on my OS X dock. "You really use those?" They even use  
IDE tools for Ruby and PHP.

- C. S. Wyatt