Programmer Future

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    Question Programmer Future

    Just a thought that's been running a long time through my mind,

    I was wandering about the importance of programmers in a few
    years, almost every year new applications and games are
    released, and almost all possible ideas,concepts and
    requirements for games and applications start to slowly
    dissapear.

    In a few years there won't be much left to program!
    The only reason why programmers keep creating games is
    because of the inceasing graphics quality but one day we'll just
    end up making another adventure game with a little bit better
    graphics

    Your opinion on this, because i'm really start to doubt a
    programming future

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    Believe it or not, not all programmers program games. There's always a need for applications by businesses and also there's embedded systems.

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    I ment applications as well,for everything there probably exist
    a application or 5 that can perform the same task.

    Of course this is assuming that whe all will still be using a
    monitor in the next 10 years, maybe technology advances
    new program are required but still game concepts keep
    decreasing every year, and already you can see a billion
    games based around the same thing, not offering much variation

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    Even if you only were talking about games, there's no end in the visible future. Will movies stop when the special effects are perfect? No. Games are the same way -- it's a creative form of entertainment that's not solely for the purpose of making things "look good." As long as people have ideas, the industry will not end.

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    even applications, there will always be updates to current apps. that are out. maybe an app that will run on new OS's, or new OS's that will be programmed. also with systems. there may be new technology that will need new software that nothing out there does yet. I agree with the above stated, I don't think an end to programming is near. I think it will only die if people lose an interest for it.

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    I do believe I saw a quote by the a fellow that worked at the patent office around the turn of the century, it read something along the lines of "Everything that can be invented has already been invented". What a shock it would be to the poor fellow to see all the inventions that have been developed since.
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    Right, However i do see more and more similarity's between
    games these days.
    Also you see that games are depended of graphics more and
    more (that however is the first thing i look at in a game).

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    I've been programming for more than 25 years now. It is certainly true that some of the same old problems have come around several times. The difference really is in the technology available and peoples expectations of it. Both increase seemingly exponentially.

    We have gone from fixed terminals, to clusters, to networks and now the "future is mobile" - but make sure it's fast, reliable, works in a subway, is just as up-to-date as my desktop, (without me needing to do anything of course - it should all just work straight out of the box)... and who knows after that?

    In short, I think there is a bit of life left in the business yet.
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    Believe me. You still havent seen the begining of it......
    There is going to be a lot more advancement in the comming decade or so.. What ever we imagined today will be possible.. We will be requiring programmers to program everything from your text book of the future to the the comode in your bath... This is just a foresight for next 10 years.. WHat might happen in the next 50 years... THink about it.. it is mind bogling...

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    There is always something new ( at least for creative programmers), people used to thing like you before 10 years, and they will thing like that after 10 years, and again, there is always something new...

    And with the development of hardware, new features are made availiable which will cause the creation of new ideas...
    none...

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    When electricity was discovered.. The then American President said "What can we do with it".... So there is going to be new stuff and new concepts..

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    > However i do see more and more similarity's between
    games these days.
    Also you see that games are depended of graphics more and
    more

    Both of these are because games are now more mass marketed than ever before - they've found formulas that will sell games and make money, and they'll exploit them.

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    As long as Microsoft keeps releasing new OS's that make apps incompatible there will be a need to update them. I very much doubt MS is going to stop and so programmers will be needed.
    As well, with the new PDA's having more and more memory and power, more and more apps will be developed for them.
    Over the years, a lot of people have said that everything is invented. After they said that, something revolitionized the world. I think the most probable is that they will invent a new kind of computers completely uncompatible with today's apps. A lot of programmers will be needed to fix problems...
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    As long as Microsoft keeps releasing new OS's that make apps incompatible there will be a need to update them.
    <<<

    I don't think that's fair. I have had some of my software running on 3.11, (Aldus PageMaker for example), and is running unmodified and not recompiled on XP. I agree that some stuff won't work, but in the main things do on Windows.

    How many other systems can say the same? Sure you can recompile things with open source stuff. Sure, if the "standard" linux becomes a reality rather than a discussion topic. Sure if all Unixes became a coherent whole.

    I also have been in the business long enough to remeber the age when every system had it's own proprietary OS and by definition, nothing would work anywhere else.
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    Originally posted by adrianxw
    [B]I don't think that's fair. I have had some of my software running on 3.11, (Aldus PageMaker for example), and is running unmodified and not recompiled on XP.[B]
    I'm impressed. Some software will probably work, but the apps that need some of the 'advanced' features, will need some stuff to be changed. Some simple programs stopped working when I upgraded as well. You can't be sure what will and what wont. I'm not trying to say that MS can't do anything right, but when you upgrade some strange stuff can happen (Eg. having to reintstall the whole works enviroment and Nero for some starange reason).
    I'm not sure why, but lately I just can't help myself saying bad stuff about MS.
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