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We've been having a lab cleanout the last couple of weeks here at work. I found an unopened, shrink-wrapped copy of MS-DOS 6.22, several copies of OS/2 Warp 3 and 4, and a stack of Windows 2003 Server CD's.
If you elitists, you and everyone that replied above this one, think VB1 was bad, you should have tried Apple Basic. I wrote a payroll system in it.
I then moved on to GW-Basic (the GW stands for Gates, William) and did an Inventory, Invoicing and A/R system in that.
I've used VB1 through VB6 since then, over a reasonably successful 42 year career. I still work in both VB6 and C#. Languages are just a tool. If someone shoots himself in the foot with a shotgun while hunting, are you going to blame the shotgun, or the person holding it?
Someday some kids will make fun of the languages you are using, if you are lucky enough to last that long. Throw out the academic Kool-Aid you have obviously swallowed.
I've used VB1 through VB6 since then, over a reasonably successful 42 year career.
Could that have anything to do with you being used to the title "Slow Eddie" ? ? ?
Slow Eddie wrote:
Someday some kids will make fun of the languages you are using,
Possibly quite soon - their ability to comprehend abstractions or do anything that takes mental acuteness is diminished with each incoming text-message. GPS - make fun of those who use maps - perhaps because they can't?
Meanwhile, I have the fallback position of returning to FORTRAN.
Once upon a time, when a journal "Language" came out, they gave an example of a simple program written in many languages just as a comparison (cube integers 1 through 10 via one function call, or equivalent). The title of the article was, "To a nail, everything is a hammer" - and now I see, expressed in the current mentality-vernacular, every device is a telephone.
well once (not that long ago) computers lived in buildings or small (i.e. PC's) occupied part of the area on a desk. even including fuzzy logic washing machines still way less than 1 computer per human
...computers occupied a small amount of space amonst the humans.
these days: phones, cars, tv's, shoes, coffee cups, smart cameras, iot chickens etc, even counting the poor nations must be >1 computer per human
... is it now humans occupying a small amount of space amonst computers?
Just a guess, but if you ever take a survey I's suspect you'd find a lot more people who used something other than a hammer to bang in a nail but very few people who used a hammer to "nail" things together without an actual nail.
Your quote is ubiquitous, online - attributed to Mark Twain. The journal just swapped it because it was just coincidentally mapped the other way (i.e. a single problem with many tools to solve it rather than a single tool with many problems).
It's the other way around: "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail".
I always carry a hammer. Estwing, 20oz, leather handle, 30 years old now. Great for smashing things I think of as nails.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
I had the impression that the idea was to make mobile phones "smarter and smarter" until they are fully computers with way-too-small monitors.
Bjarne Stroustrup had reportedly already made the observation that he used to wish his computer was as easy to use as his phone...and that he got his wish, because now phones are as complicated to use as computers.
So today a Dell engineer will come to replace my SSD (and motherboard, if necessary) and take the old hardware back.
He'll be here between 08:00 and 17:00, which is quite a time slot
I don't really want to do a lot of work since I've got everything backed up now, but any work I do will not be backed up immediately and it requires me to install some software that I'll have to reinstall later today (or tomorrow, depending on what time he's here).
So I am now faced with what's probably some law:
If I start now the engineer will be here as soon as I've installed everything and am just beginning to get to work.
Or I could do nothing and he'll be here at 17:00
On a positive note, a customer just approved a new project which I get to do so there'll be plenty of work for the rest of the month (and probably next month too)