Linked by snydeq on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 07:23 UTC
General Development Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister gets into the holiday spirit with a post that gives thanks to technical advances for developers, including open source tools, modern IDEs, and distributed version control. 'I'm old enough to remember when performance-critical routines meant hand-coded assembly language and sometimes even keying in machine code as hexadecimal digits. We've come a long way since those bad old days, and not surprisingly we owe a lot of our progress to technology. So for this Thanksgiving, here are just a few of the modern advances for which I, as a developer, give thanks.' What are you giving thanks to?
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Hardware performance / Moore's_law ?
by Lennie on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 23:15 UTC
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Probably the biggest timesaver for all developers is hardware performance, no more handcoding in ASM or C anymore.

A lot just works with a scripting language or other high level language. You can even make it scale pretty well.

Caching in memory (with for example memcached in case of PHP) on the server solves the next scalability problems.

Cheap memory is obviously the reason that that is possible at all.

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