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How much could a program be beautiful and easy to comprehend?

< humor> hmmm, don't know, why not read erudil's There can be only one and find out? </humor>

Seriously, The main problem i have with graphic tools to do code programming is that for the most part they don't allow enough flexibility and creativity from the programmer. Coding html* with a page editor may be easier, but getting into the thick of it with some (gasp-in-horror) javascript with layers and (please-stop-it-hurts) java for interactivity and (thanks-for-the-reprieve) perl for the amusing stuff is a lot more powerful and comprehensive than a couple links on a badly colored site**.

What i mean to say is that coding by hand from someone who knows what they're doing is a much more powerful, flexible idiom. Coding graphically may be useful to the novice to understand things, but if they are ever to rise up to be a great programmer they need to understand the underlying material as well, which doesn't get conveyed well, if at all, in graphic-based programming. These are at least my opinions of the state of it so far...

nuf evah,

* html is just an example, and probably not the best at that...
** Not that all sites done by graphic web authoring tools are bad, it's just the stereotypical case when used by people who don't know computers or the WWW well enough to find either in a well-lit room with large signs, semaphores, and an usher. And web authoring tools can indeed be useful in the right circumstances (which aren't as hard to come by as i might lead on     =)

In reply to Re: Beyond literate programming... by jynx
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