Bill Storage wrote:
> Hi Mike
> You must see a totally different part of web development
> than I work with. We are looking forward to the prospect of never
> again writing VBScript behind pages.

Perhaps for you scripting languages and HTML were an irritating but
temporary aberration on the Microsoft information highway. For me, they
were like an open door out of the client/server prison that Microsoft
had built. I won't go back into that building again: there's a big world
out here with wonders not available from M$.

..NET, and in particular WebForms and WebServices, are to some degree a
lofty attempt to make the transition to the WWW transparent to VB
developers who have little or no WWW experience. Unfortunately it will
fail to achieve that goal. But before that happens many, many VB
programmers will, in a group act of faith resembling Jim Jones' koolaid
test, buy it and try to use it. Luckily there are other forms of life
after that death!-))

> We find that developers who
> learned only VBScript and not VB are at a great disadvantage.

Only when they need to work with VB!-)) FWIW I worked with VB and
PowerBuilder years before using VBScript. For web development I prefer
VBScript and other scripting languages. They don't carry the
client/server baggage (unnecessary code) that VB carries. To me, using
VB for web development is like using a petrochemical plant to to drive a
nail: wrong tool for the job. So I use it only when necessary, e.g.,
component to do binary i/o, etc. And, when I need a good laugh, I can
always get one by helping out a VB developer!

> The rules of script, without real VB experience confuse people badly;
> for example, the data types within Variants, and dealing with special
> Variant values (Empty, Null, vbNullString, Nothing).

Yes, it helps to explain these in one place. And BTW aren't you lucky:
you soon won't need to worry about these things anymore, right?-))

> BTW, I read your recent VBPJ opinion. Samuel Johnson's quote
> regardling Bolingbroke was "**** is paved with good intentions",
> not "The road to". The "road" modification is usually attributed to
> Karl Marx.

Sorry, you must be speaking of someone else. But both of the above must
be busy laying bricks in that road!