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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Check, check and re-check.
by shakeshuck on Sat 29th Sep 2012 11:28 UTC
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I started when people rode Penny Farthings to work. At least it feels that way.

One big issue "back in the day" was that processing was so expensive your program was scheduled to run overnight. You got ONE chance to run your new program every 24 hrs. Missed a comma, or full stop? Hard luck. Try again tomorrow.

You had to be far more confident that you'd checked everything thoroughly; not use a run-it-and-see approach (as I tend to do these days)!

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