How is computer programming different today than 20 years ago?


15 bookmarks. First posted by gilberto5757 11 days ago.


I saw a question on Quora asking this and I started to write an answer. But it got so long that I converted into a post here.
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2 days ago by rwhe
Sedat Kapanoglu Jan 9 · 4 min read I saw a question on Quora asking this and I started to write an answer. But it got so long that I converted into a post here.…
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6 days ago by marcinignac
I saw a question on Quora asking this and I started to write an answer. But it got so long that I converted into a post here.
6 days ago by jayhoffmann
How is computer programming different today than 20 years ago? Some real answers mixed in with the snark.
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8 days ago by jtyost2
Some good answers:

A desktop software now means a web page bundled with a browser.

You are not officially considered a programmer anymore until you attend a $2K conference and share a selfie from there.

Code must run behind at least three levels of virtualization now. Code that runs on bare metal is unnecessarily performant.

Running your code locally is something you rarely do.

A tutorial isn’t really helpful if it’s not a video recording that takes orders of magnitude longer to understand than its text.

Mobile devices can now show regular web pages, so no need to create a separate WAP page on a separate subdomain anymore. We create mobile pages on separate subdomains instead.

We run programs on graphics cards now.

Since we have much faster CPUs now, numerical calculations are done in Python which is much slower than Fortran. So numerical calculations basically take the same amount of time as they did 20 years ago.

Storing passwords in plaintext is now frowned upon, but we do it anyway.


There's also some serious answers, but I prefer these ones.
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9 days ago by jm
Language tooling is richer today. A programming language was usually a compiler and perhaps a debugger. Today, they usually come with the linter, source code formatter, template creators, self-update ability and a list of arguments that you can use in a debate against the competing language.
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9 days ago by libbymiller
RT : While it made me properly laugh lout loud, it did remind me how much has been improved.
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9 days ago by sdarlington
How is computer programming different today than 20 years ago?
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10 days ago by ripienaar
How is computer programming different today than 20 years ago?. I saw a question on Quora asking this and I started to write an answer. But it got so long that I converted into a post here..
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11 days ago by gilberto5757