@N6722C I’m genuinely curious who you feel is being left behind here.
One of the big overriding goals of bringing WT on board, and my big pitch to Jorg was democratizing FS development. I want people to be able to make great stuff with the ease and ingenuity they can apply to something like Minecraft, and fundamentally that means (to me, anyway) adopting development stacks and paradigms that are totally different than the old world of a zillion hacks and programs. I, quite literally, grew up in that FS world, and by and large it isn’t a thing people love, it’s a reality people tolerate, myself included.
And so my goal is 100% absolutely to enable developers to work better, faster, and with a modern experience from inside the sim first and foremost. And yes, does that mean some of the traditional FS developers may have to change some processes, or retarget the focus of their products, etc? I think it probably does. But it’s also an extremely healthy exercise that permits the platform to evolve such that the super great and awesome modern development experience is possible and not mired in old approaches that yes, worked, but despite the sim and not because of it.
@Nirgal2776 This all ties into your question, and I’d just like to preface this with saying this is just my personal opinion here. I believe the best user experience is one where a user simply has to open the sim, and that’s it: everything magically works because it is running in the sim. I’d first like to make it easy enough and fast enough to develop that we see the same one-to-one fidelity come to the sim that you currently are forced to get from bridges and trainers, and weather injectors, and dealing with external navdata, and all that stuff I used to deal with as a simmer. To me, the land of a zillion external programs is the land of last resort.
Jean-Luc is very obviously a hugely talented and smart mind, and you only need to read his posts or speak with him to know that. I’m absolutely positive he could deliver something amazing under that paradigm if he so chose to, and nothing would thrill me more than enabling that and working directly together to make that happen. Because there are also other big talents coming to the plate who are operating that way, and I think the biggest shame would be to see anyone who has Jean-Luc’s level of talent missing the boat.
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