[thelist] hand-coding .NET

Ben Joyce ben.joyce at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 11:11:30 CDT 2007

I have to agree with Tim's response; I also build the ASPX by hand, I
think it gives you more precise control and knowledge of what is
happening on the page, but I leave the the "code-behind" to the IDE -
there's just no need to mess about crafting all that stuff yourself.

Debugging .net code is a joy in VS's IDE :)

On 8/7/07, Kuhn, Timothy M. (Tim)  (Perkins Coie) <TKuhn at perkinscoie.com> wrote:
> >How 'bout all you .NET gurus - if I'm going down the path of building
> >tragedy, being inexorably driven toward GUI-based web dev? Or is it all
> >going to turn out okay in the end?
> >Maybe it's a sign of age. Having learned computer stuff when we used
> >punch cards, and begun my professional career when DOS 3 was the latest
> >thing, I have a lifelong aversion to my computer trying to 'help' me. I
> >don't even use my mouse unless it's really the most efficient way to
> get
> >things done.
> >I've pretty much lost interest in building external websites. If using
> >.NET for intranets is going to push me places I don't want to go (as I
> >fear it may be) I might actually be facing a career change.
> >I've been doing work I love passionately for so long that I can't bear
> >the thought of grinding my way through every day's work like I did ten
> >years ago.
> >Wow. Only five paragraphs from technical question to midlife crisis.
> >Thanks, I think.
> >joel
> Joel,
> I have been coding .NET professionally since the beta version. I
> understand your aversion to using a tool to code as opposed to hand
> coding. My blunt opinion is go ahead and code the aspx pages by hand if
> you would like. I usually do and then check for silly mistakes, hooking
> events and such using the designer tab. For the code behinds I think it
> is a true waste of time to code them by hand, VS 2005 is such a powerful
> tool. The intellisence is absolutely superb and a real time saver, you
> can code as fast as you can type not needing to remember the thousands
> of properties, methods, variable names and such. Debugging is also so
> quick and easy. VS 2005 is far more advanced than the old school WYSIYG
> editors.  I'm not trying to sell a product here, just voicing an opinion
> based on my experience. No holy wars please, like Joel I'm much too old
> for that.
> Tim
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