What If Programming Was As Easy As Creating A PowerPoint Presentation?
from the we'd-have-lots-of-really-really-bad-programs? dept
For years, people have been talking about tools to make programming easier. Ex-Microsofty Charles Simonyi (often credited as the creator of the WYSIWYG word processor) is the latest to work on this problem. Since leaving Microsoft last year, he’s formed Intentional Software with the idea of making tools so easy that anyone can create or modify an application. He compares it to people creating a PowerPoint presentation. I’m sure the programmers out there (and many non-programmers) are already groaning at the idea – but the article does make some good points. Programmers, today, do have a number of tasks that they’re not often very good at. They need to understand what their client needs, they need to design the program and then they need to program it correctly. Doing all three at once is quite difficult. Simonyi’s idea isn’t to get rid of the job of programmer, but to reduce it to where they just have to focus on the design of the program. The tool is supposed to help make sure the software actually does what is needed, and lets the client adjust and modify the design to make sure it fits their needs. Interesting ideas, though, it still seems like the complexity associated with software would make this very difficult to pull off. Even more to the point, we already hear complaints about just how bad most people are at using PowerPoint for presentations. Imagine just how bad all the applications that come out of a “PowerPoint-for-software-applications” would be. Instead of all these “PowerPoint is Evil” stories that show up every few months, I’m sure we’ll see the same thing for whatever Intentional Software’s tool is eventually called.