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Is the process of writing software becoming harder and more complicated?

Survey period: 16 Dec 2019 to 23 Dec 2019

Complicated meaning more pieces (build tools, deploy tools, different languages, multiple systems), and Harder meaning each piece is harder to learn due to the depth of knowledge required in each to be productive. We'll ignore the dealing-with-people aspect here

Some bits harder, other bits easier37442.12
As hard (or easy) as it always was15517.45
More complicated26730.07
As complicated as it always was9010.14
Some bits more complicated, some bits ,less23326.24
Less complicated151.69
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one answer; totals may not add up to 100%

GeneralMore dull Pin
Rob Philpott19-Dec-19 6:13
Rob Philpott19-Dec-19 6:13 
I think modern day software development is very much easier than it used to be. Easy languages have replaced difficult ones. The internet has all the answers a click away. All the difficult stuff (calling conventions etc., COM binary standards etc.) (punched cards too!) has disappeared leaving you to focus much more on what you want to do, and less on getting it to work somehow. RAM and storage is limitless, processor speeds forgiving of appalling performing amateur code. Cloud elasticity even more so.

All the algorithms we learnt in the old days are in a framework somewhere done for you. Worst yet, everyone is just an integration developer hooking different open-source projects together which usually have some cute avatar or logo - usually for some inane website. Worst insult is they're probably doing it in JavaScript. Dead | X|

Too stupid to learn a proper language? You don't have to, use node.js and never get involved with that nasty threading stuff.

Harder and more complicated, my foot.
Rob Philpott.

GeneralAs long as I ignore the end user... Pin
kalberts17-Dec-19 13:52
kalberts17-Dec-19 13:52 
GeneralYAML : new thing to simplify your job Pin
maze317-Dec-19 0:56
professionalmaze317-Dec-19 0:56 
Generalas we grow, so do our skills and comprehension level Pin
iskSYS16-Dec-19 23:18
professionaliskSYS16-Dec-19 23:18 
GeneralFlaw in Good Question Pin
W Balboos, GHB16-Dec-19 13:05
mveW Balboos, GHB16-Dec-19 13:05 
GeneralRe: Flaw in Good Question Pin
abh55517-Dec-19 2:49
professionalabh55517-Dec-19 2:49 
GeneralRe: Flaw in Good Question Pin
Kirk 1038982117-Dec-19 7:07
Kirk 1038982117-Dec-19 7:07 
GeneralThis is a difficult one Pin
OriginalGriff16-Dec-19 9:17
mveOriginalGriff16-Dec-19 9:17 
GeneralRe: This is a difficult one Pin
agolddog17-Dec-19 4:17
agolddog17-Dec-19 4:17 
GeneralMore complicated but Pin
den2k8816-Dec-19 5:49
professionalden2k8816-Dec-19 5:49 
GeneralRe: More complicated but Pin
Mike (Prof. Chuck)16-Dec-19 7:15
professionalMike (Prof. Chuck)16-Dec-19 7:15 
GeneralWriting software is easier, deploying software is harder Pin
Marc Clifton16-Dec-19 5:07
mvaMarc Clifton16-Dec-19 5:07 
GeneralRe: Writing software is easier, deploying software is harder Pin
RugbyLeague18-Dec-19 0:40
RugbyLeague18-Dec-19 0:40 
GeneralFor me personally, mostly easier, but way more complicated Pin
Sander Rossel16-Dec-19 1:58
professionalSander Rossel16-Dec-19 1:58 
General"Hello World" is becoming more and more involved. Pin
Amarnath S16-Dec-19 1:11
professionalAmarnath S16-Dec-19 1:11 
GeneralRe: "Hello World" is becoming more and more involved. Pin
Eek Ten Bears18-Dec-19 3:23
Eek Ten Bears18-Dec-19 3:23 
GeneralHarder and more complicated Pin
Daniel Pfeffer16-Dec-19 0:35
professionalDaniel Pfeffer16-Dec-19 0:35 
GeneralDepends.. Pin
GKP199215-Dec-19 23:26
professionalGKP199215-Dec-19 23:26 
GeneralDevelopment is more building a Lego-House than actually being creative Pin
Mike (Prof. Chuck)15-Dec-19 22:38
professionalMike (Prof. Chuck)15-Dec-19 22:38 
GeneralMore complicated but not any harder Pin
Dominic Burford15-Dec-19 22:36
professionalDominic Burford15-Dec-19 22:36 

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