Wednesday

Started playing with InstallShield for the NT service. This product seems to have improved a lot from last time I used it, at which time it was like trying to code with the Spanish Inquisition. It’s interesting to note that the scripting language is very like C, but also a lot like VB. I guess this is an obvious sort of thing to do if you want people to use your product, but it made me think about how all the new languages are starting to look just like each other. C and C++. C++ and Java. Java and C#. Shell and Perl. C and Perl… You get the idea.

Why are people bothering with new languages then? Why don’t they just extend the perfectly good languages they have now?