RE: Tools and programming

Subject: RE: Tools and programming
From: Mike Adams <Mike_Adams -at- summithq -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 13:19:19 -0400


I think that the self-sufficiency part is only true for new kids. Old hands
that came up in DOS environments are probably able to handle "innards"
without much difficulty. The first places I worked after leaving the Navy
would not hire anyone incapable of supporting their own PC.

I think it's too bad that things don't work like that today. But I'm a
techie, elitist curmudgeon, myself ;-)

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Byfield [mailto:bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2000 1:18 PM
Subject: Tools and programming

Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca> wrote:

>I'm an old Unix user. I tend to assume that anyone should be
>able to write a simple script when required. In negative terms,
>any user who cannot program at all is clueless.
>Am I just being a curmudgeon here or do others also find it
>bizarre that people cannot do things like this?

Different culture, Sandy. You're from a do-it-yourself culture.
Most people from the Dark Side of the Force (AKA Windows) aren't
used to being so self-sufficient. Part of the reason is
proprietary formats, but another part is also GUIs that don't
encourage exploration under the hood, and a strong distinction
between developer and user. All things things are different under
UNIX or Linux.

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