Personally, I am very relieved to hear someone from WebAssist saying that.
I am NOT a Developer. I am very new indeed to all this stuff. I am still struggling to comprehend the intricacies of PHP, MySQL and so forth. But I am working very hard indeed to improve my skills and become a Developer.
Exactly the thing that attracted me to WebAssist as a company, and to its products, in my quest, is the fact that I made contact with a toolset -- and a mindset -- that could help me to become a true Professional Developer. All it seems to take is a little effort on my part ... and effort I am certainly willing to put in. I just have to make a effort simply understanding the nature of these tools -- and therefore what they can achieve when I think of them together and look at the things I want to do. I have found the range of things I want to do steadily increasing as I have learned, and I have so often found that WebAssist was there before me, creating something that would make what I want to do easier. But first, I had to create my own picture of what I wanted, and then look to see how it could be done. I have always been able to use this WebAssist toolset.
I have read things in other places in these forums, from other members of the WebAssist team, that frankly contradict what you have just said here. What you say here is far more appealing to me both for my personal growth as a Developer, and also as a direction for this Company. It is also in my view far more constructive for you as a long-term Company.
Anyone can make "one button does all" products, but they are not that helpful to a Developer who must massage his or her tools and his or her mind to meet a host of different situations.
Seems to me that if WebAssist hooks a Developer with their products, then that Developer will keep on coming back -- as many here have done -- year after year after year for your next product and update. They get the job done, and they also stimulate the imagination.
If you do a one-button does all product, then you instead have to keep on and on increasing market share far more aggressively just to stay alive. This latter is a good short term strategy, I know. Just how many copies of Dreamweaver are there out there?
I know nobody at WebAssist is listening to me, but I personally, prefer the former strtategy. I do hope that that's where you guys are headed. But ... from what I have seen in these forums over the last couple of months, I don't think it IS where you guys are headed.
All I can now hope for is that I'll have learned enough through using WebAssist products to be able to code everything and anything I want to do all by myself, right through from beginning to end.
In the mean time ... thanks for the great products you've created for me.
But as a couple of people said in a different thread:
I can only hope -- but I doubt it -- that the Company Philosophy you have hinted at here prevails. Somehow I doubt that it will. Let's just say that I might once have been a Junior Member because of my number of posts, but I certainly wasn't one due to the number of times I have seen the earth turn on its axis! I have seen this happening before, and it is always a depressing sight.
Bye now. I'm off to review your Product Pages to see if there's anything else I can buy before the Tax Office takes my money. It's that time of year already!!