"editing flat text config files"
All while working for RedHat. RPM relies on shell scripts and doesn't have a reliable rollback/commit mechanism.
Is it just the slam against "Microsoft Visual Anything"?
But yeah, this obvious attempt at slamming business competition under the guise of technical know-how is oh, so 1995 (which was 20 years ago). But, in todays world, we have gotten to the point when it is not only easier, but more reliable to generate code than to write it by hand. And while they have some learning curve, visual code analysis tool are still better than text-only ones. Even the resurgence of C can be mostly attributed to the fact it's simpler syntax makes it easier to generate than the new C++ syntax.