Grich's World of GIS

Comments on ArcGIS and the industry

Location: Portland, Oregon

I have been in the Geographic Information Systems industry since graduating with a BS in Geography from Portland State Univ in 1994. Geography is COOL!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

James Fee picked up on my rant about the Developer's conference. I was stating my angst about the conference's thrust into .NET with nary a session discussing ArcObjects issues. I had a hard time following stuff.
Anyway, James agreed that there is going to be a significant market that still uses VB6 for a while, but I noted in the comments that many people are chiding us VB6 users, saying that we all need to move on or be left behind to dwell with the 'saurs.

I'm actually pretty resolved that I'll need to upgrade my programming knowledge. But as someone coming from the Geography side of life, as opposed to a programmer that got dropped into the GIS world, learning new programming languages isn't something that comes as easily for me. And I'm sure I'm not alone there. I started my career with my geography degree editing data and performing geo-analysis. Programming AML was simple enough. Learning VB was only part of my job, but VB isn't that difficult of a language to understand.


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