Shawn Wildermuth

Author, Teacher, and Filmmaker
.NET Foundation Board Member

Enjoying Code

Enjoying Code


After seeing the story about Justin Frankel and his departure of Nullsoft, it got me thinking about code as self-expression.

I just spent the last week completing two projects. First, I re-architected and I recreated TypedDataSetGenerator so that I could extend it. I learned a couple things about how much I like to write code.

  • While it might not be 'self-expression', I sure do enjoy writing code.
  • .NET has made the experience even more enjoyable.

Don't get me wrong, the days of C++/MFC/ATL/COM were a rollercoaster ride. Using ATL source code as the documentation was like flying without a parachute. In constrast, using .NET has made me appreciate what development can be with a wealth of documentation.

My only beef is that I do wish we could walk into the .NET code from time to time to understand what the heck is going on. Wonder who I need to cajole at MS to give us the .PDBs...