> Perhaps I'm just too set in my ways to acknowledge this is now a
mass
> production industry, requiring standardisation and
interchanagability,
> rather than the "we're all learning this as we go, so there's no
rules"
> industry back when I started 21 years ago.

Like any sufficiently complicated endeavor, there are tons of
rules, but none of them work. Every couple of years there are new
fads. Right now, its Bill Gates idea that everyone would be better
off to through away their VB 6 code and write in something that
pretends to be Vb but is a sucky form of C.

It's like the constant effort within Microsoft to get everyone to
leave Windows 3/95/98 and go to some improved version of the NT
code - Nt workstation, then 2000, now XP "Don't these people
appreciate what we are trying to do for them?"  Yeah make all our
old interfaces break, introduce a whole new generation of driver
bugs, break that one program that the business depend ont hat was
written back in 1988 and the programmer got hit by a train, that
sort of stuff.

Brad Jensen
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