Linked by Daniel Campos Fernández on Thu 11th Nov 2004 20:44 UTC
General Development For a few years, I've been working in the real world, I mean the enterprise world, sorry. In every company I've worked for, they offered me the opportunity to learn a lot of new things, or at least that's what they always said in the first meeting before sending me to be just another company programmer. But in fact I've learned some very important things, just not about programming. I had to learn about these things on my own, about the needs of a real company in the real world.
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RE: Lay people
by Yamin on Fri 12th Nov 2004 05:16 UTC

Lay people do need to 'program' and simple languages for VB are great for custom jobs. '

I used to work for a company that did a lot of custom jobs. We exposed our controller via DDE and other means.

All we had to do was write some examples of how to control our devices from VB and MSExcel using DDE. From there, they were able to write their own Excel tables with marcros. They made special VB applications, which they really could do with just dragging a button...copying and pasting our example code, and changing it accordingly.

Not to mention the countless times I've used VB to write a simple test application (testing the communication to new serial port or network device).

Lay people are capable of producing custom software using the appropriate tools you give them. Such software is not just good to have, its essential. You don't need to call it 'programming' if you don't want to, but things like VB, or in this Gamba are great.