[FoRK] Speaking of Qt

Damien Morton dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Fri Apr 12 00:32:23 PDT 2013

Vernor Vinge - the programmer archaelogist -

On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 8:56 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III <joe at barrera.org>wrote:

> Back in the OLD days, there were only one or two commonly used languages.
> E.g. C and Pascal and maybe Modula. (Not counting languages for maintaining
> old systems.)
> There were no frameworks or libraries except the "standard libraries" that
> came with the language.
> Programming skill was about, well, programming. What you wanted to do was
> something you needed to write code for. So you wrote the code.
> Nowadays, there are like 20 commonly used languages out there and each of
> them has an enormous collection of libraries. At SLAC we use probably 20
> packages in our standard build of python.
> So being a software engineer these days is much less about programming and
> much more about being a good librarian, knowing where to find the answer
> that already exists.
> In particular: if you are writing your own sort routine, you are surely
> doing it wrong. (And yet we require programmers to know, in school and in
> interviews, several different types of sorting, from bubble to heap to
> quick to whatever.)
> Not sure where I'm going with this, except that I'm helping my step-son
> prepare for his AP Computer Science test, and what he's being told to study
> is (1) Java and (2) some clap-trap version of somebody's version of what
> Software Engineering is all about. Really, it shouldn't be called AP
> Computer Science -- it should be called AP Java. I'll have to double-check
> but I'm pretty sure there's not even any mention of big-O notation.
> - Joe
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