jlee54 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 5 16:43:05 EDT 2018
On 07/05/18 12:58, Chris Angelico wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 4:27 AM, Jim Lee <jlee54 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 07/05/18 10:47, Calvin Spealman wrote:
>>> You say "pitfall", but I say "allow developers to focus on higher-level
>>> problems and enable developers to specialize among tasks so every single one
>>> of us doesn't have to be a jack of all trades just to build a todo list
>> Sure, that's the *benefit*, but the benefit doesn't erase the *pitfall*.
>> It's the same as with any other convenience. When a convenience becomes a
>> necessity, skill is lost.
>> Take a village of people. They live mostly on wild berries. One day, a man
>> invents an automated way to sort good berries from poisonous berries. Soon,
>> all the villagers take their berries to him to be sorted. The man dies, but
>> passes the secret on to his son before doing so. This continues for a few
>> generations. Eventually, the final descendant dies with no children, and
>> the secret vanishes. Now, the entire village is clueless when it comes to
>> identifying the poisonous berries.
> I would respect your analogy more if every compiler used today were
> forty years old and not being developed by anyone other than its
> original creator(s).
It's not about compilers - it's about skills. As programming becomes
more and more specialized, it becomes harder and harder to find
programmers with a skill set broad enough to be adaptable to a different
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