Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jun 2012 00:38 UTC, submitted by judgen
Windows "Microsoft recently extended 'It Just Works' compatibility for Visual Basic 6 applications through the full lifetime of Windows 8. Visual Basic 6 first shipped in 1998, so its apps will have at least 24 years of supported lifetime. Contrast that with the Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0 (2002), which is incompatible with Windows 7 (2009)."
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RE[5]: kill -9 now...
by moondevil on Wed 13th Jun 2012 07:27 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: kill -9 now..."
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Unfortunately, the software industry doesn't have Board Certifications like Doctors or the Bar like Lawyers - all we have is stupid vendor certifications that don't mean anything. I expect eventually we will, but until then then I will happily try and defend the label as best I can. Being a professional programmer carries with it (or at least should) a sense of responsibility - you are writing things that can affect people in very unpredictable ways. There is nothing wrong with hacking or hobby development - but it that is not what I am talking about. VB6 is simply noot good enough to be used professionally - it is simply broken.

Couldn't agree more. In my home country, Portugal, we do have Software Engineering certification requirements, but since it is not controlled, very few make it.

I do expect from anyone working in the industry the same set of knowledge as when I go to repair a car, change plumbing, to a lawyer, and so on.

The persons need to have they knowledge validated, and not be a "Sunday Programmer".

Do you thrust a "Sunday Mechanic" to fix your car's brakes?

There should be a path for people to learn how to program, but that is all.

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