Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Barbie says programming is hard

Dude gets into programming and finds it's not easy to learn how to code.  C, it turns out, is complex.  Shocked, shocked I am . . .

I can’t help but think a language founded by PhD’s suffers from the ‘shield of complexity’. In other words, those who know it have little interest in simplifying it as it devalues their own knowledge.

I don't know about those guys.  I do flatter myself that I've learned a modest amount about bossing around computers that are based on UNIX, which has a reputation for being difficult to work with.  An awkward interface requiring esoteric commands that, perversely, are easier to wield than a natural language.  Complex is what I'm saying.  What I know from that is this;

The tools are complex because the problems they are addressing are complex.  Those tools are not one bit more complex than they must be.  If the problems like 'ERP for a medium-sized company' could be addressed by a process similar to picking out red peppers, lettuce and mushrooms to make a salad, they would be.  Because the people that pay the bills for all that nonsense would make sure of it.

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