The tools may or may not save you:
- The tools will save you: The google calculator is amazing. For example, the total amount of energy released if the earth was turned into energy. Google is a tool. It saves me every day.
- The tools will save you: Nutch, an open source search engine project that has Mitch Kapor and Tim O'Reilly on the advisory board [via Joi Ito]. Open source is a tool. It too saves me every day.
- The tools will save you: Uche Ogbuji introduces Anobind, which looks startingly like xmltramp. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
- The tools won't save you: Quote of the week:
Shared syntax is the prerequisite for interop.[Bill de hÓra]. Note he said syntax, not infoset, not data model, but syntax. Sometimes the tools let you down.
- The tools will save you: Boa Constructor, which I mentioned before as something I'd like to try, is awesome. Point, click, add a little Python code and BAM, you've got a cross platform GUI app. Maybe tightly bound tools can save you?
- The tools didn't save me: Spent hours wrestling with TI Code Composer Studio. I was trying to use their point and click configuration tool to setup a DMA Controller. The GUI part just simple refused to accept some values I entered. It did, however, generate some C code which I was able to copy and paste into a working project, modify that very parameter I could not change via the GUI, and poof, it worked. So, that shoots down the idea of tightly bound tools having an edge.