Aw, the inexperience, naivety, and idealism of youth...it is really a good thing to have, but you will start to see patterns as you get older. Patterns like, everyone will soon be a programmer, programming is a dying profession, computers will be programming themselves soon, and my favorite, everything worthwhile has already been programmed.
Monster Maker wrote:Are you a computer faculty somewhere?
You resemble mine..
Dr. Strangelove did not make that comment I paraphrased, General Jack D. Ripper did. But you'd know that if you had ever seen the movie.
Monster Maker wrote:I am sure respected Dr. Strangelove had no facebook account,nor iphone and was unknown what wonders would be done by visual studio before making that comment.
Monster Maker wrote:Things have changed from then sir.
and working on windows-8 is different from mainframe.
Configuring is not programming. My grandchildren have been using computers since they were 2 1/2 (although they don't get the hang of mouse clicking until they were 3 1/2), but none of them had the inclination to become programmers. I still hold out hope for the great grandchildren, but they are not old enough to use computers yet. My children ignored my daily use of computers until they finally saw the light of employment, but they are not programmers, just users. Using a spreadsheet is not programming, even though it does require some rigor in thought. VisiCalc was one of the programs that were cited to me as justification that programmers will soon be obsolete. That, and CASE programming. You don't hear anything about CASE anymore, that was where you were to tell the computer in general terms what you wanted done and then it would write the program for you. Didn't really work out except for extremely limited circumstances.
Monster Maker wrote:8 year infants today know how to configure iphone,
See my tagline about this. Reality is for those who cannot handle science fiction, which I've read all my life. My first books were Collier's Man in Space Golden Books before I could read. When I learned to program in high school, we only had accesss to computers during the school year. Summer vacation had us all like junkies trying to get our computer fix. That contributed to my decision to buy an HP-65 programmable calculator, that was before the Altair 8800 was announced. I worked at one of earliest computer stores and had to endure people telling me daily that there was no rational reason for anyone to have a personal computer. Now you are an oddball if you don't have at least one programmable device.
Monster Maker wrote:And don't go back in 78 , think about next 78(2078)
But this is where you are going to make your money...the vast majority of people don't want to program. (See my paraphrased quote) This is right up there with car owners not wanting to be mechanics, they just want to be able to use their devices, they don't want to know how they work. Someone will have to write the programs for them, drag and drop programming is not going to fill the bill for the future's requirements. I once had an accountant ask me why it was going to take any time to write the program he wanted. Hadn't everything been done? Considering that accounting has been with us since the dawn of writing, I could see where he was coming from. But I countered with the fact that programming is barely 50 years old (at that time). And I asked, "Who programmed cellphones before they existed?"
Programming is still evolving, but it is never going to be finished. We've been building bridges for millennia, but we still build ones that collapse. Our language is not cast in concrete, don't tell me you haven't added new words to your vocabulary in you lifetime (and I'm not talking about ones already in the dictionary, but have been added recently). Programming and user interfaces are going to change, you just think the latest is the greatest. Give it a few years, you'll change your mind.
Programming is an exciting field...we create from absolute nothingness. Artists and writers can make the same claim, but our creations actually do something.
But it's not for everyone. I don't mean that in an elitist way, programming is not for everyone in the same way that microbiology is not for everyone, or farming or (fill in the blank). Be thankful that you have that inclination, it will set you apart from the masses that can't see the future you have to look into every day when you write your programs.
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Those who do not remember the past, are doomed to repeat it.
Those who do not remember the past, cannot build upon it.
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