May's Law:

Software efficiency halves every 18 months, compensating Moore’s Law.

@fribbledom No, I think it's not that simple. I think that current devs are not the equal of their intellectual forebearers.

Previous generations of devs had to work miracles in highly constrained environments, often working very hard to optimize their code effectively. In the era of "cheap' CPU and RAM, nearly everyone has forgotten the art of optimization.

Seriously, go ask a modern dev to describe the functionality of a specific CPU register of your choice and see what he says.


@profoundlynerdy @fribbledom

I see your point but I wonder if it puts things in the proper light. Modern developers might not need to work small and efficient and can create more complex and powerful products. Super Mario 64 is 8 megs; Dark Souls III is almost 20 Gigs; neither the small nor the large is necessarily superior, their developers simply had a different environment to work with.

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