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Originally posted by Burgess
Well speaking as a dot net developer I'd have to say she's completely off the mark.
You’re not listening to me. I’m not saying that this is some ordinary technology trend, like tubes to transistors, where you are getting improvement as the technology changes. This is nothing but planned obsolescence of the most dangerous kind. This is really a perilous thing that programmers need to fight against, not just for themselves, but also for consumers.
We have all inherited a monolithic software infrastructure. Our economy now depends on its flawless operation. But the movers and shakers of the software industry, in love with their own ideas, are willfully jeopardizing this infrastructure... just because they can make some easy money.
Something else (Buck)...as for your superficial search of the job market, the reason .NET programmers are paid so much right now is that industry components are trying to kill the Open Source movement. Once that has been beaten to death, see if programmers are paid anywhere near what they are getting now...It is a bubble. It is a monopoly of spirit, where you can’t get anything done without being a “party member”.
It is already too late to change this. We have churned out a whole new generation of... naive programmers that don’t know the status quo. All these new programmers will be in different (and probably lower paid) professions by age forty, as current software paradigms are replaced by something even slower and ickier and more damaging to productivity. All that good experience and good knowledge is going to end up in the trash bin...at the whim of Microsoft, Oracle, and other big software vendors.
People who think this is a joke, or of little consequence, don’t understand fascism. This is pure software fascism. Programmers (as well as...consumers) will be feeling the effect of this soon, and for years after. And I will say this in advance of those dark days -- I told you so!!!!
Originally posted by Buck Division
software development tools are all extremely faddish, each generation of new programming languages is slower, more complex and constraining than the last generation
and that the really talented pool of programmers have moved on to other fields of endeavors.
The few talented engineers that stick with it are inevitably going to be disappointed when the next generation of software development methodologies comes out, or the next, or the next… They will leave the field also. The smart ones are leaving the field now – the die-hards are going to be smashed on the rocks.
The result for consumers: software is going to become incredibly expensive and brittle. That goes for all applications and all tools. People are going to be smacked with horrendous obsolescence, the likes of which we have never seen, and it is going to cause widespread suffering as people try to adapt to new and evermore inferior software.
She specifically cites the “.NET” framework, from Microsoft as one of the worst reworks of old ideas she has ever seen. (She says it is just an incredibly obfuscated and mind-numbing rehash of existing technologies.) She also says Microsoft Vista will likely be the last half-good operating system Microsoft ever creates, and it is quickly downhill from here.
The motive: Drive out competition, drive up prices, increase dependence on the software dictators at the top, at the expense of all end users. To do that, they have to sacrifice software programmers and professionals.
Any software programmers out there who can back up or refute her statements?