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:firstname.lastname@example.org] > 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 > email@example.com > > +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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