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What is the fate of the Computer Programmer?

If we consider current trends and spending in Information Technology (hardly representative of the entire spectrum that is Computer Technology), what do Computer Programmers have to look forward to in the future? As it stands, it seems that the majority of graduates/enthusiasts are moving towards Corporate IT work (largely dealing with Data Retrieval and ERP). As the systems in use by the major organizations begin to better materialize and take shape, what is left for the modern Computer Programmer (or should I say Application Programmer)? Where is the hard-core research and science (so long ago once working hand in hand with Mathematics) being performed that will enable us to see the next great leaps in Computer Technology - only at MIT (if even)? What do we have to look forward to? Is our fate sealed to commoditization, will be end up like the plumber or electrician or cable technician? The potential of the computer is too great to be ignored. Where do we stand?

Asked By: blaekera - 5/16/2006
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u r making a good point friend... More
Answered By: a26i - 5/16/2006
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lmao. There's plenty of people selling awesome applications online and getting their good deal of money. Programming is more of a hobby and will always be great mental exercise. Don't confuse it with networking. There'll be/is plenty of jobs as the internet grows on.
Answered By: JimmyR.com - 5/16/2006
 
It wasn't that long ago that every single line of a new application had to be written from scratch by a programmer. Good programmers had to know basics of all kinds of algorithms, data structures, etc. as well as know hardware specifics for the machine they were coding on... More
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