How do you talk people into using C/C++ for development purposes? I've been at my new job for almost 5 weeks now. The second week, I was given Visual Basic and all the developer tools I needed to create applications that would be used here within the company. No big deal, I know VB and can use it quite effectively.
But then I said the other day to my co-worker: "Is there a chance that I could get the rest of Visual Studio... namely MSVC? I can write this stuff in VB, but I'd like to do some of it in C too."
His response: "Well, you have to remember that everyone else has to support it too, and if we go to something like that, I don't know if that's possible"
So I got shot down. They don't know C/C++ and are afraid to learn/support it. Thus, I get no practice in it, yet I'm supposed to write a hardware driver and I'm going to be sent off to France for training on how to do that.
How do I convince them that it'd be good to give me at least the compiler and let me play with it? I'm to the point where I might bring in my own copy of Visual Studio and install it.