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Re^3: The first cargo cults

by Aristotle (Chancellor)
on Jan 12, 2002 at 19:32 UTC ( #138272=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread The first cargo cults

FoxtrotUniform++++++++++++ (if I could, which is why I'm posting instead). There is a definite tendency towards wizards and blackboxes everywhere and I hate it.

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Re(4): The first cargo cults
by FoxtrotUniform (Prior) on Jan 13, 2002 at 07:56 UTC

    Heh. Flattery will get you nowhere. ;-)

    I'm not necessarily opposed to wizards and generated code (in fact, I'm writing a script to generate accessors for database code from an SQL file); what annoys me is the tendency to use wizard code without understanding what it does or what its possible consequences are. (That, and the horrific quality of most generated code.)


      Well exactly. It's not like I don't try to make life easier on myself, either. In fact I tend to write scripts for just about every task I may end up doing more than 2 or 3 times.

      What annoys me most is how most wizards don't even give me a chance to understand what they're doing. I tried to get into VC++ - but it generates such a wad of code for anything but the most unrealistically trivial projects that I gave up trying. I found myself annoyed at the "doubleclick SETUP.EXE" culture in Windows - sure it's convenient, but what does it do?

      Now I'm using Perl on Slackware Linux. All modules are available in generally not overly hard to read source. I build all the software I install from source and use checkinstall to keep track of what make install actually did.

      No, this is not an MS bashing - if others can arrange with Windows and companions more power to them, I couldn't, I hated the guts of the bunch. I understand that many people don't care about computers and want to just get stuff done with one and then get on with their lives. But I found the trend is to cater exclusively for that class of users.

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