Random Perl ... rant

Dave Cross dave at dave.org.uk
Thu Apr 3 12:59:40 BST 2008

Quoting Dean Wilson <dwilson at unixdaemon.net>:

> On Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 12:13:39PM +0100, Dave Cross wrote:
>> (actually there are two things that I don't see changing anytime soon
>> - Windows becoming an operating system I'm happy to develop on or
>> Visual Studio becoming available on one of the the OSes I like).
> How much of your view of not liking Windows to develop on is because of
> a toolchain that, if you embraced The Windows Way fully, you wouldn't
> need to use anymore? I think it's the change in approach (the Unix way of
> lots of little tools vs MS Stack in a single app) rather than the tools
> that gets most people.

That's possible, of course. But think it's more to do with a  
fundamental dislike of the the operating system. I was a Windows  
developer exclusively for over four years (88-92) and it was nothing  
but grief. When I discovered Unix it was a revelation. I knew  
immediately that I was never going back.

Of course, Windows (and Windows software) will have improved in the 15  
years since I did any serious work with it. But I still hear  
complaints about security and stability, so I'm not tempted to switch  

And, on top of that, there's that whole "paying for software" idea  
that just seems alien to me now.


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