Friday, September 10, 2004

I'm making myself a man...

... with hair on my chest. Well, in my chest, in my face and in mine arse.

It's been two (really, reeeeaaaally long) days (since I've told you that I refused to read that tutorial on Eclipse, Lomboz and JBOSS until I had trhe slightest idea of what I was doing); it's been two days learning Java the hard way: crunching the code with EditPlus and compiling it on Window's command console. As I've said, I'm goint to grow hair in a lot of places.

Because Java compiler is, and of course I wouldn't expect otherwise, just a little cryptic. With concise, very concise error messages such as: cannot resolve symbol, or illegal start of expression. Of course, this is like Bryan Ferry's music: boring like hell but very elegant.

And all the time surfing the web and finding things like this about how Java coders unnecessarily complicate everything.

The thing that bugs me the most about this paradigm change, the most bugging argument (at least in my particular case) is that my firm wants to use GNU technologies because they are free. OK, they are, point taken. But up to the extent of my knowledge, Microsoft .NET Framework is completely free. Not a cent of a euro. Of course you can reply me that let's see who's the tough guy that codes a complete .NET Windows forms application using Notepad and the Frameworks compiler (more or less the thing I'm doing with Java, what the heck). But I could reply you that if you want some IDE and not paying a cent, you can always download WebMatrix for developing Web forms applications or any of the several editions of Express for developing Windows Forms. Not a cent charged. And that only from Microsoft, Im not counting third party initiatives such as Mono or Borland's C# Builder. And excuse all you hardcore Java users, but being all of them free C# Express IDE is so much better than Eclipse and NetBeans, both of them at the same time.

So I guess I'm doing this migration because I have no other option and because knowing another programming language will be good for me in the long run (as soon as I manage to not forget the things I already know); but in my humble opinion this is a step back just when things are getting really interesting.

And you don't have the slightest idea how angry this makes me.

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