If you just had screwdrivers in your toolbox, as a handyman, your screwed.
You definately need a nice toolset…screwdriver (.net), plier (java), hacksaw (scripting), and hammers (Oracle, SQL Server) to excel at programming.
I just don’t like how I have to learn (really forced to) a new screwdriver, pliers, etc. every year. My old one that is paint covered and slightly rusty still turns screws just fine.
I also agree that I’d rather have a power screw gun over a screwdriver any day, so in that respect I’d prefer VB.NET over QBASIC because there really is an advantage, not perceived or hyped.
Those elite programmers…hmmm, maybe not so elite after all.