Andy's comments and positioning...
rcozens at pon.net
Mon Feb 9 10:20:43 CST 2004
>Not supporting these standard statements make the language look a
Frank, et al:
Is there something inherently inferior about a programming
environment that can be used productively by someone who doesn't have
a degree in computer science?
Do professional developers feel threatened by the concept of business
people writing custom software to drive their business without
employing a programmer to assist or do the job for them?
As a professional with 30 years in the field, I am IMPRESSED that
people like local MUG HyperCard SIG member, Carl Chaney, could write
functional work order processing, invoicing, & tax reconciliation
software for his laser engraving business and a point of sale system
for his daughter's ice cream parlor in HyperTalk without taking one
programming course and without even any experience using a
spreadsheet. Sure his work looked "beginner-ish"; BUT IT DID THE JOB
HE WANTED DONE.
Does the fact that Carl Chaney could do that in X-Talk, does that
mean, a priori, that X-Talk is an inferior development environment?
If programming were illustration and program languages were boxes of
crayons, my analogy would be:
Give a room full of ordinary people X-Talk crayons, and everyone of
them will create an illustration. A ten year old's illustration may
look less polished than an adult's, which in turn may look less
polished than a professional illustrator's; but everyone can produce
something meaningful to them.
Give a room full of ordinary people C crayons, and most won't be able
to draw a single line.
Which environment is truly "beginner-ish"?
CCW, Serendipity Software Company
"And I, which was two fooles, do so grow three;
Who are a little wise, the best fooles bee."
from "The Triple Foole" by John Donne (1572-1631)
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