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  • The "Do as I say, not as I do" mentality isn't limited to just politicians and high-profile televangelists. Though, to be fair, we should consider that it probably isn't his desk.

    It's also worth noting that his ultimate solution in that blog post boils down to an in-house home-brewed language. And, it gets better: it's a dialect of basic that compiles down to VBScript (among other choices). Having had to contort to deal with vendor services written in VB and/or VBScript (*cough**cough*), I woul



    • His compile-down choice makes sense in his context. He isn’t writing an app that will run on his own servers, he’s writing shrinkwrap software that customers buy and install on their own computers, even though it happens to have a web-based frontend.

      Plus, the decision to write that compiler was made because he had a large existing codebase written in pre-.NET VBScript. He needed to future-proof it for the .NET platform and also wanted to target customers on non-MSFT platforms. Between rewriting a large codebase from scratch in another language and writing a custom in-house compiler that emits code for the targetted languages, the latter is by far the better option.

      So that bit is perfectly sensible. It’s all the stuff that comes before that’s utter garbage.