editor on TechRepublic I get the benefit of a rather eclectic mix of content.
Whether it's downloads or articles or blogs or discussions or TechQA, it falls within my purview. Recently, several
pieces of content came together in such a way as to get me thinking which isalways a dangerous and unpredictable thing to have happen.
I gave a presentation to several colleagues describing some of the features of
href="http://www.techrepublic.com/5264-1-0.html?query=visual%20studio%202005" target="_blank">Visual Studio 2005
target="_blank">Visual Studio 2005. Keep in mind this was not from the
perspective of a developer, but from an editor who must develop content
regarding this venerable IDE. So, while I am by no stretch of the imagination a
programmer, I do know enough about it to note that it is much easier to create
applications now, in a visual environment, than it was to create applications
years ago when I had to type FORTRAN code onto paper cards. (Some
href="http://www.techrepublic.com/2300-3513-6036895.html" target="_blank">imagesof VS 2005)
general, I believe this ease of use is a good thing. It makes application
development less "magical" for business side folks and brings all the
various stakeholders of an application's development closer to speaking thesame language.
Bogue pointed out one of the downsides of this easier development young
developers learning bad habits that haunt them later. Robert believes that
organizations are teaching their software developers that parts of the process,
like documentation for example, are accidental and are therefore not essential
to the success of the project? I can see how an IDE like VS 2005, with all of
its pre-programmed controls and widgets could make a developer complacent. For
any profession, the discipline of acting as a professional cannot be sacrificed
for the sake of convenience or making money. (Think about Arthur Andersen for asecond)
the issue is one weighing heavy on many developers's psyche at least that is
how it seems when I look at the
href="http://www.techrepublic.com/5208-11195-0.html?forumID=87&threadID=189074&start=0" target="_blank">discussion thread
target="_blank">discussion threadRobert's article generated. What are your
thoughts on the matter do these helpful IDE's like
Visual Studio and Eclipse actually make for less-skilled developers or are
complaints of poor documentation and programming shortcuts merely holdovers
from a bygone era? How rapid is rapid development is there time for solidcode?
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.