Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Oct 2006 14:35 UTC
General Development Who wants to be a programmer? Microsoft is hoping everyday folks will take the challenge by using its non-professional programming tools, and other vendors are following suit. Microsoft is poised to tap the nascent market for development tools to enable non-professionals to create applications, having established a team specifically built for this push and planning several initiatives, including a new Web site strictly for beginners.
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by ccchips on Fri 20th Oct 2006 16:54 UTC
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Look back through the 1990's, 1980's, and into the 1970's, and you'll notice that this has happened periodically. There was even a point where you could pick up magazines with programms in them right at your supermarket magazine stand alongside the magazines for auto mechanics and home redecorators.

Creative Computing is the one that comes to mind immediately. I even had an IT boss who referred to it as "that lower-class magazine...."

What gets me is that with the Free Software movement and the Linux system, this possibility has been sitting right in front of everyone for over 10 years.

Maybe it has to have a brand name associated with it, that everyone will recognize, and some marketing people saying "You can do it! You can do it!"...

I think this winds up being a sieve. In go all the people who have been led to believe they can program. Out come a few pro's, and a few people who figure out how to use the newly-gained knowledge to break into games, disable DRM from music download sites, and decrypt the latest encryption on movie DVD's....

Maybe there has been a general lack of interest in software development of late, and the private corp's are trying to revive it?

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