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: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Fri 5th Oct 2012 23:54 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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it always seemed very cool and almost magical. But this required a high level of Assembler and C64 chip knowledge

Very few people had such asm skills ...I'd say quite possibly fewer than now (it's just that proportions are different; and generally, our memory tends to see old times as always better - while the opposite tends to be the case; also, we have written examples of ~"the end is coming / moral decay of youth will destroy civilisation" since the very beginning of preserved written world, on some Mesopotamian tablets)

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