Re: What MFC Objects Can't be created on the Stack?
"Tom Serface" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
This got me to thinking about how different things could have been with
just a slight difference in marketing tactic. I'm happy enough that
Microsoft seems to have won the compiler wars. Microsoft does a decent
job of working towards standardization and inovation. If anyone has the
reigns, I'm glad it's them.
For a few years, in the VC 2/4/6 timeframe, I had the same opinion. Now
having been saddled with VC2002/2003/2005 which is a bad thing made worse
and still worser, at least for native C++ development, I think there's room
for a competitor like Borland to put the common sense back into IDE's.
I do agree that having control of both the OS and IDE gives them an edge in
improving developer productivity. For example, when WinXP introduced the
concept of application manifests, Microsoft put the manifest creation
directly into the IDE quickly. But I remember Borland C++ was the first IDE
to automate launching the Resource Compiler, so even if Microsoft has an
advantage, a quick moving competitor can nullify it.
One need only look at the crappy and scarcely understandable COM based API's
such as MSXML, MSHTML, and DirectShow to realize Microsoft is no longer any
friend to native C++ programmers when it comes to SDK's. If a 3rd party
like Borland can make COM easier to handle as well as pick up the other
things Microsoft has become lazy about, then maybe there's still a market
FWIW, I also like Excel. MSFT may have been a little late to the party (I
don't think you can call MultiPlan a big deal product), but Excel
certainly has become the standard. I think Quattros problem was that it
was too much for the processors at the time. It was slick, but slow and
IBM hadn't killed off Lotus by then anyway.
Microsoft really cashed in with Excel. When people found out they had to go
through a new learning curve anyway when moving to a Windows spreadsheet,
they were no longer loyal to Lotus, Quattro was very slow as you say, so
Microsoft kind of won by default. It wasn't that Excel had anything jaw
dropping at first.
Man, that stuff just won't die. I remember when I got my copy of Turbo
Pascal. I was excited to order it and, after it came, I never opened the
package. I fell victim to nearly every new "you have to have it" compiler
that came out for only $29.95 (remember JRT Pascal). The funny thing is I
don't really like Pascal. A fool and his money are soon parted.
Oh, I definitely got my money's worth out of Turbo Pascal! I got it at the
West Coast Computer Faire. It was so fast. The only problem is it stopped
at the first compiler error!