Saturday, 8 December 2007

Is the programming language/technology important (anymore?)

A comment in an earlier post got me to thinking whether the technology used to develop an application is important anymore.

I believe that what really matters is not the length or conciseness of code, but the functionality made available to your users. Yet, correct and judicious application of a technology can make or break your product.

So yes, I do believe the technology behind an application is important. This about sums up my thoughts on the subject:

A million mediocre programmers, pair-programming at five-hundred thousand mediocre computers, using mediocre software will never produce anything that is not mediocre. However, a few excellent programmers, programming on their own machines, using open source software, will eventually produce Linux

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