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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It takes two to tango
by wigry on Sat 29th Sep 2012 07:25 UTC
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Nowadays I've discovered that knowing the language inside-out is not enough. You may know Java but you could not be able to deal with web development other than basic servlets. It is all about framework specialisation and it takes lots of real-world practice to become familiar with framework. So in enterprise Java world for example we can say that we have Spring programmers and Tapestry programmers and Wicket programmers etc. They all use Java but the rules of framework are so unimaginably different that you need to be expert on that particular framework to be able to do anything more than simple hello world.

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