• Subject: Re: IBM pushing Java
  • From: email@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (James W Kilgore)
  • Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 12:31:06 -0800
  • Organization: Progressive Data Systems, Inc.

Balaji,

You are correct.  All too often people mistake being busy with being
productive.

With proper mentoring, and the appropriate review/reward systems in
place, a new programmer can be shown that time spent -not- reinventing
the wheel can make them a hero by having sound products, on time, within
budget.

Now to take this thread back to JAVA in particular, IBM has been
endeavoring to create class objects to be used within your
applications.  This "frame work" is to address issues like "name and
address" object discussed earlier.

IMO, learning which objects exist, and how to use them, is no more
complex than learning which opcodes exist or which commands exist, and
using them.

Certainly we did not all sit down at an AS/400 and start programming
WITHOUT learning what was available for use.  It is on the shoulders of
the shop to include any extensions to the base OS delivered functions to
make them readily known.

It is on the shoulders of the programmer to learn and use them.

James W. Kilgore
email@James-W-Kilgore.com

P.S. BTW, I'm not a proponent of IBM written applications, utilities and
OS yes, applications, no.  Progressive Data Systems, Inc. has made a
very good living for 22 years beating the socks off of IBM in the
application arena.  I take IBM's efforts in the JAVA class creation with
a grain of salt.  IBM has historically gotten in/out of the application
market as it suited their purpose for hardware sales, but this effort is
a good attempt at giving application providers a "leg up" on class
creation.




Balaji Venkataraman/commsoft wrote:
  Usually the newer/younger programmer are more interested in
> cranking out more code faster - they dont like to spend that extra bit of
> time searching for existing objects.
>
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