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 That might be true, although I think there's a big functionality/performance tradeoff. While some modern abstractions cost a lot in performance, more features get added because the work is less error-prone and there's less reinventing the wheel. Ultimately this is about what the industry is demanding from programmers rather than some innate inability to memorise registers or what have you.


@captainbland @fribbledom Also a fair argument.

That said, I still cringe whenever I hear of some company replacing their legacy COBOL applications with theoretically equivalent Java code.

While COBOL isn't bullet proof and can certainly ABEND (terminate abnormally) the solution for the Java crowd always seems to be "Hmm... I don't know, try restarting the JVM."

@profoundlynerdy @fribbledom hey now that's unfair, if your process doesn't terminate properly all you have to do is determine the correct PID from your twelve identically named "java" processes and kill it. 😂

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