Does Software Need To Change?

from the something-radical dept

Over at Salon, Scott Rosenberg has written up his impressions on a recent panel discussion of programming luminaries, suggesting that software programming needs a radical change. Of course, it’s easier to say that when you’ve accomplished a lot and you don’t need to create software that people will actually use. While some on the panel make fun of the open source movement for creating copycat applications, Andy Hertzfeld makes the very valid point that if they got too radical, no one would use it. That’s not to say a more radical way of creating software isn’t needed – but there’s nothing wrong with having some people focus on practical while these “deep thinkers” experiment with radical ideas. Most of them will likely fail, but sooner or later, if one of them makes a breakthrough, people will follow.

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