CodeChat 044 - With Mark Michaelis Asking Why Beginning Development Can Still Be So Hard

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This week on CodeChat I'm talking with Microsoft MVP and Regional Director Mark Michaelis about a phenomenon that we both observe in the software development world.

I'm talking about how, over the years, our capabilities, opportunities, and options for software development have expanded, but it hasn't necessarily resulted in software development becoming any easier for students and beginners.

Now we have a myriad of platforms, languages, runtimes, and starting points that all claim to be the easiest and best way to go. Who is a newcomer supposed to believe and where are they supposed to start.

On the contrary, the array of options often overwhelm and bewilder the beginner and may intimidate them from even getting started at all.

Join us for this conversation and please chime in using the comment thread below.

As always, you can find me online at codefoster.com or on Twitter @codefoster.

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    vesuvius

    Microsoft are probably the worst offender for creating technologies that they ditch for something else, be that Winforms, WPF, Silverlight, WinRT, Entity Framework the list goes on.

    The story is repeated if you are a Windows phone developer, the third parties, be that for Web development, Android or Apple have a far much more respectable track record than Microsoft. My advice to a new developer, is to not use Microsoft, they never invest in anything that long and change direction more often than the wind in a storm (this is coming from someone that has developed in Windows for 15 years and not someone with an axe to grind)

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    Dimitris​Papadakis

    @vesuvius:I am pleased that they handle the fundamental problems and leave me to develop for my needs.

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    Thorgal

    Very interesting conversation!

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