Posting Date: November 01, 2002
The Cranky User: Could you repeat that? (ibm.com) -- "In the end, users are programmers; they are people who come up with a series of operations they wish a computer to perform and direct the computer to perform those operations. " (Mac comments: I want to teach, the world to code, in perfect harmony... )
Automation was always easy on the Amiga with ARexx. It is a relatively easy way to bring applications together and is as strong as each application's implementation. Even visually-based programs, such as bitmap editors, can be controlled programmatically leaving open effects that may be more difficult to achieve by hand. The language takes a little learning, but is rewarding when applications start dancing to your tune.
It doesn't say much for VB that automation is perceived to be lacking when that language is given complete control over the most popular office software in use. Though VB cannot possibly be described as a beginner friendly language when compared to the likes of Rebol or even ARexx...