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Will programming become more or less complex in the future?   [Edit]

Survey period: 12 Sep 2011 to 19 Sep 2011

Our modern IDEs make life so much easier, but issues such as security, parallelism and bloated APIs make life harder. Which way will the balance tip overall?

OptionVotes% 
Programming will become extremely simple515.20
Programming will become simpler979.89
Specifics will change but overall the complexity of the job will stay the same54355.35
Programming will become more complex14414.68
Programming will become so complex that further specialisation in skills will be needed14614.88



 
GeneralProgramming in Future Pin
S.P.Tiwari12-Dec-11 2:12
professionalS.P.Tiwari12-Dec-11 2:12 
GeneralDon't blame it on the computer Pin
Wolfgang_Baron18-Sep-11 13:44
professionalWolfgang_Baron18-Sep-11 13:44 
I believe, the answer is not technical. It's human. When everyone can produce a working program of complexity x without any problem, you are not going to sell much of that anymore, because everybody else is selling it too.

The demand to produce something, which accomplishes more than the software of other vendors will always be the driving force in the software industry. Therefore, programmers will always have to achieve whatever is possible with the means they have.

The more people produce software, the more other programmers will have to reach for their limit to be able to sell anything anymore. Thus, general complexity will increase, until nobody can be found, who can create anything more complex (which is very unlikely in my opinion), or fewer people produce software (again unlikely), or nobody wants any better products anymore (least likely).

IMHO, competition and the law of supply and demand drives complexity.
General30 years ago I programmed in Cobol ... Pin
Brendan Costigan18-Sep-11 0:41
Brendan Costigan18-Sep-11 0:41 
GeneralJob will become great if Pin
JP_Rocks16-Sep-11 2:22
JP_Rocks16-Sep-11 2:22 
GeneralWe rise to the complexity we can handle Pin
Qwertie15-Sep-11 17:38
Qwertie15-Sep-11 17:38 
GeneralIf the powers that be have any say in the matter.... Pin
Vivi Chellappa14-Sep-11 17:28
professionalVivi Chellappa14-Sep-11 17:28 
GeneralThere will be less "jack-of-all-trade" programmers... Pin
emartinho14-Sep-11 11:07
emartinho14-Sep-11 11:07 
GeneralNot Too simple Pin
snorkie14-Sep-11 5:23
professionalsnorkie14-Sep-11 5:23 
GeneralRe: Not Too simple Pin
Paulo Zemek14-Sep-11 15:56
mvaPaulo Zemek14-Sep-11 15:56 
GeneralRe: Not Too simple Pin
Vivi Chellappa14-Sep-11 17:32
professionalVivi Chellappa14-Sep-11 17:32 
GeneralFortran is for wuss's [modified] Pin
dave.dolan14-Sep-11 4:54
dave.dolan14-Sep-11 4:54 
GeneralWill still be as hard/simple as before but programmers will know less Pin
pebrian2713-Sep-11 20:31
pebrian2713-Sep-11 20:31 
GeneralMore Complex Pin
openpage13-Sep-11 20:06
openpage13-Sep-11 20:06 
GeneralI vote for "more complex" - we're there already Pin
Marc Clifton13-Sep-11 14:45
mvaMarc Clifton13-Sep-11 14:45 
GeneralIt's the man not the machine Pin
Nicholas Butler13-Sep-11 2:07
sitebuilderNicholas Butler13-Sep-11 2:07 
GeneralIn the beginning Pin
Ben Daq12-Sep-11 23:22
Ben Daq12-Sep-11 23:22 
GeneralWill become simpler, but... Pin
CodingLover12-Sep-11 20:08
CodingLover12-Sep-11 20:08 
GeneralIf we... Pin
Steve Echols12-Sep-11 19:17
Steve Echols12-Sep-11 19:17 
GeneralWhat a question Pin
Nagy Vilmos12-Sep-11 10:53
professionalNagy Vilmos12-Sep-11 10:53 
GeneralRe: What a question Pin
Jörgen Andersson12-Sep-11 11:34
professionalJörgen Andersson12-Sep-11 11:34 
GeneralSame Tune, Different Dance Pin
quinton196912-Sep-11 9:54
quinton196912-Sep-11 9:54 
GeneralWe work to make things simpler... how can things become more complex Pin
sellinger12-Sep-11 9:54
sellinger12-Sep-11 9:54 
GeneralRe: We work to make things simpler... how can things become more complex Pin
sanme9812-Sep-11 16:28
sanme9812-Sep-11 16:28 
GeneralBoth Pin
joeyespo12-Sep-11 9:23
joeyespo12-Sep-11 9:23 
GeneralMovement towards simplicity Pin
Fabio Franco12-Sep-11 8:59
professionalFabio Franco12-Sep-11 8:59 

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