“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

- Ecclesiastes 1:9

Probably the one and only time you may see a Bible quote on my blog. I've been looking at the verbatims (those comments that some of you write on the articles on the ASP.NET Developer Center and vsdc), and I've been seeing a sad trend that I also frequently see on /. That is, people complaining about something, “That's not new, I've been doing this for years with <foo>”. Usually, this comes from 'old timers', but occasionally in a competitive situation as well.

My usual feeling is, “Yes, what's your point?” There is very little (read: nothing) new. There is very little that you can only build using newer technologies such as .NET, J2EE etc. You can build web services in x86 assembly or probably Apple II machine language if you worked really hard. Does that mean that .NET or J2EE is less capable? For example, NUnit, “I've been doing TDD for years with JUnit“. OK, does that make it a bad article? Perhaps you should write an article on your experiences. (OK, bad example in that point). OK, I'm babbling now, but I didn't sleep much last night.


TTFN - Kent
PS: Wow, the first item I've actually checked off my 'Bitterness' category in a while. I must be a happy, happy person.