Archive for March, 2010

Percidae

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

For the last few weeks I have been looking for a job as a programmer. One of the jobs that interests me involves writing VB.net. Many of my friends who are also programmers have howled with anguish at the mere mention of this technology.

In order to get a better idea of how the language works, I’ve written a small program for editing the PATH environment variable on Windows machines:

http://code.google.com/p/percidae/

I find myself editing this variable on various Windows machines pretty regularly. Every time, I also am annoyed by the small text box in the dialog in the Control Panel.

So far I’ve enjoyed the experience of writing with Visual Basic and can’t see what all the fuss is about. Having written PHP for years, I’m used to ignoring the comments of language purists. I’m much more interested in getting something working than any imagined superiority of different languages.