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Re: Top 10 IDL Requests

In article <MPG.13e75cd8534ddf9a989b63@news.frii.com>, 
davidf@dfanning.com (David Fanning) wrote:

> Joseph B. Gurman (gurman@gsfc.nasa.gov) writes:
> > 3. with NO object interfaces, since it's scientists who are doing a lot 
> > of the programming, and I can't see why we're paying for features we 
> > never use (however gnarly).
> Uh, Joe. Don't look now, but that kid walking behind
> you has his eye on *your* job. :-)
> Cheers,
> David

    David -

    No, that kid can get a _real_ job as a programmer for a dot.com, and 
doesn't have to work the same hours for beans as a civil servant 
scientist. Since programmers are now worth more to society than 
scientists (as measured purely by salaries), it's clearly a waste of a 
high-demand resource to have real programmers write code for scientific 
research. ;-)

    And I'm very serious about the point above. I may be stuck knowing a 
bunch of old farts (not, actually), but maybe one person in twenty here 
actually uses the object capabilities when given a choice.



| Joseph B. Gurman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Solar Physics
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