Your column in the Aug. 15 issue of SD Times was right on target. I encourage you to expand on that theme.

The key sentence for me is, “Designed to make hard things easier, IDEs now make easy things hard.”

In the early 1990s, I started using VB because it was simpler and faster than using VC for straightforward business applications. Today, it is hard to tell the difference between VB.NET and VC++# (or whatever). It is as if the C guys are swallowing up the VB guys, leaving Microsoft in particular with no decent tool for those basic business apps. And instead of the IDE wrapping the language, it now seems to wrap the Windows object model (meaning .NET). That seems backwards to me.

My compliments on the column.

Will Fastie
Baltimore, MD