Earlier this year I was asked by a large vendor to review an early draft of a new tool. The idea of the tool was to help developers become more productive, that is, to make it easy to build software. But as soon as I started looking, I got the feeling that it wouldn't help the productivity when creating good software (and the more I looked, the more apparent it became).

That particular tool doesn't matter, but thinking more about it, unfortunately it actually feels like it's been the same thing for quite a few years and for quite a few development tool vendors. It's obvious we need a much more interesting goal, isn't it?

It should be easy to build good software!