With a new software technology computer software, so far rather a specialty, is becoming an everyday commodity you can do yourself. And you SHOULD do it yourself: no one knows better what you want to get out of computer than you!
Software development, isn't that métier of a few highly trained specialists, "inaugurated high priests of computer"? - Not for applications as you need every day. With a new software technology, "component based software development", also software is going to become a commodity. Make it yourself and you will reap a number of benefits:
1. You get exactly application software you want - without endless haggling with an external software developer. 2. Your application software will have much more quality and user-friendliness than you could ever get by conventional programming. 3. You save cost of an external developer.
1st Component Design (http://www.1st-components.com) has developed a product line called "DLG", specialized in user interface (UIF), that is designed for exactly that purpose. DLG is especially useful for UIF-intensive applications, with a large number of user-interface elements and much user interaction. User-interaction - that's most tricky part of application programming.
This economic development, that's quite natural in history. Starting out as a specialty for a few people. Via to some kind of "high tech" (as computers and software are regarded nowadays). Finally down to an everyday commodity that's open to average user. For example, think of automobile technology. In beginning, up to around 1900, an automobile was just another fad for those few who could afford it. By 1908 Ford "Model T" came on market, and now that technology turned to something even average user could master. But still, particularly in Europe, automobiles required a good deal of attention, and many automobile owners hired professional drivers ("chauffeurs") to handle their cars. Not before second half of 20. century more and more people drove their automobiles themselves. Today, handling a car is just too simple to hire a professional "chauffeur" (except for busses, trucks, etc.)