Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Sep 2012 21:51 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
General Development "When I started writing programs in the late 80s it was pretty primitive and required a lot of study and skill. I was a young kid doing this stuff, the adults at that time had it even worse and some of them did start in the punch card era. This was back when programmers really had to earn their keep, and us newer generations are losing appreciation for that. A generation or two ago they may have been been better coders than us. More importantly they were better craftsmen, and we need to think about that." I'm no programmer, but I do understand that the current crop of programmers could learn a whole lot from older generations. I'm not going to burn my fingers on if they were better programmers or not, but I do believe they have a far greater understanding of the actual workings of a computer. Does the average 'app developer' have any clue whatsoever about low-level code, let alone something like assembly?
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I am 100% with the author
by moondevil on Sat 29th Sep 2012 06:49 UTC
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It is incredible the amount of lousy so called developers we get assigned in our projects.

The world of Fortune 500 consulting companies is full with copy-paste developers, coding methods/functions with more 1000 lines, no tests, and code quality to make you cry for every written code line.

They don't have any idea how things work, sometimes I even wonder how they managed to get through university.

But this trend is unstoppable, because for the managers that have the top two qualities, they are cheap and replaceable.

It might show my age, but I miss those days like the article's author.

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