Over Easy: Code…writers
This presentation on Blomberg – for lack of a better word – was linked and posted to my FB page. It’s is an explanation of what coding on a computer actually means and it’s intended for clueless managers and administrators who do not understand why they need to have software engineers that seem to just want to spend money.
It gives a pretty good idea of what coding entails. I got into computers back in the 1970s when if you needed to write a program in COBOL or FORTRAN to run on an IBM or NCR or UNIVAC computer, you had to have access to one of those beasties to do it. When a machine with 4 mega bytes of memory was huge.
That of course is all long past and good that it is because nearly everything these days has some sort of processor in it for controlling various aspects of it’s use. From cell phones to cars to TVs to web sites to communications receivers to cameras. And the people who write the code that makes these things work are likely doing it on a lap top. Using cross compilers and emulators and simulators and what not. Using scripting languages and such. Like JAVA or PERL or Python or PHP or ….
More and more of what we do and what we use is becoming more and more automated and controlled by some sort of computer processor. Putting the mundane repetitive tasks in the hands of those who write the code to perform them. The paradigm is changing even as you read this, making a lot of what we are fighting these days seem positively ludicrous in the future.