♪ I’m a dinosaur, somebody is digging my bones ♪ – King Crimson
I just read a great article/talk by Charles Petzold that was recently (re-)posted on reddit. He talks about how Windows IDEs have involved, and how they influence the way one programs.
Reading it, I was struck by just how ancient the way I program is. I use Emacs, a distinctly non-visual editor. When I work on GUIs, I do it using HTML and CSS, which means I edit the GUI not using a GUI, but through a text interface. Then I have a separate application (my browser) in which I view the GUI.
But I like programming this way well enough, and it seems to produce reasonable results. There are plenty of good reasons for deploying and using thin clients, and Emacs is an immensely powerful tool. HTML and CSS suck big time, but my limited experience with “real” GUI programming suggests that’s just as painful, if not more so.
But still, I feel like I’m old and grizzled before my time. Surely I should be using a powerful new-fangled editor with powerful new-fangled libraries. Bah, kids today and their GUIs!