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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RE[2]: Just statistics
by dorin.lazar on Sat 29th Sep 2012 05:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Just statistics"
dorin.lazar
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2006-12-15

Even so, 1% out of 20 million is far better than 50% out of 50.000

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RE[3]: Just statistics
by bitwelder on Sat 29th Sep 2012 07:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Just statistics"
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So, if you'd be in the business and looking for some developer, you'd prefer to find one easily, but with 99% probability that s/he'll make a buggy product, than working a little harder to find one, but with 50% confidence s/he will do the job right?

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RE[4]: Just statistics
by dorin.lazar on Sat 29th Sep 2012 08:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Just statistics"
dorin.lazar Member since:
2006-12-15

So, if you'd be in the business and looking for some developer, you'd prefer to find one easily, but with 99% probability that s/he'll make a buggy product, than working a little harder to find one, but with 50% confidence s/he will do the job right?

No, if I were in the business I'd settle for 3 mediocre programmers which I would call elite for learning basic design patterns and applaud them for understanding 'pass by value' vs. 'pass by reference'.

Which is what businesses actually do nowadays.

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