• Subject: RE: Re(2): New names
  • From: "Schenck, Don" <Don.Schenck@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 07:18:52 -0500

Mike --

On the contrary:  there are several good "code decomposition" utilities for
Visual Basic. One of them will even diagram your code as hyperlinked icons
-- very useful and, indeed, very cool.

-- Don "I like cool. My car is cool" Schenck
   Schenck Technical Consulting
   DonS@SchenckTech.com / www.SchenckTech.com 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Naughton [mailto:mnaughton@juddwire.com]
> Sent: January 29, 2001 5:37 PM
> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject: Re(2): New names
> MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com writes:
> >and also,  Are VB programs the "I don't want to maintain it"  legacy
> >systems of tomorrow?
> For many of them, it may even be "later today". I read an opinion
> somewhere that most gui programmers, faced with maintaining 
> someone else's
> work, will prefer re-writing everything from scratch, since 
> it actually
> takes less time than trying to figure out an even moderately complex
> application. I imagine there are exceptions, but speaking 
> from personal
> experience it is _extremely_ easy to write spaghetti code. 
> Actually, a lot
> of it isn't even code -- it's property values here and input formats
> there. And the code itself can be attached to any event on 
> any object, so
> finding where variables get initialized or changed can be a 
> real PITA. I
> don't know much about C++, but I'm not aware of any good ways 
> of getting
> an informative listing of a VB application -- certainly, 
> nothing as useful
> as an RPG compile listing.
> I actually like VB for a lot of things, but I've had to force 
> myself to
> develop and adhere to standard structures, just so I can 
> maintain my own
> stuff. I'd bet that hiring a bunch of recent grads to whip up 
> something
> cheap is a guarantee of many problems down the road (but 
> maybe far enough
> down that the manager  in question is no longer in the picture?)
> Just my .02
> Mike Naughton
> Senior Programmer/Analyst
> Judd Wire, Inc.
> 124 Turnpike Road
> Turners Falls, MA  01376
> 413-863-4357 x444
> mnaughton@juddwire.com
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