What Microsoft is Doing Right
I am doing the Visual Studio IDE feature tour. You might check it out.
This needs to be updated badly, but I can see what great things this combination can do – the Visual Studio IDE, the .net frameworks, and the C# language.
I was just talking to a friend of mine yesterday, whose son is looking for a career in Computers. Having no idea of what is involved. He just thinks it would be easy money.
The Computer companies are hard at work, making this skill easier to learn – but no matter how easy they make it – Software Development takes a lot of thinking. And people who cannot think will not make it there.
The person doing the thinking has to decide – what kind of app he wants to make. And there are a lot of different kinds of apps (and a lot of different frameworks) to chose from. You have to chose the framework – it will not chose you. Once you make the choice, it will do a lot of the grunt work for you. But it still needs a smart person to work with – to make all the smart decisions that remain.
The American dream – that all it takes is the right person, to get ahead – no longer works. You need to be with the right people, with the right stuff.