The practice of creating software has changed. We used to call it programming, but now it’s software engineering.
When it was programming, it was mainly a bunch of geeky types who really got off on telling the masses about why they were
formatting their email incorrectly. (Actually, in the really good old days, there were no masses using email … just the geeky
types.) They worked obscenely long hours because they wanted to, and they socialized by talking about work.
Now it’s all software engineering. High tech. companies want to ease visa restrictions so they can hire cheap labor from
overseas. It’s all about methodology … agile, complete with scrums and sprints, terms borrowed from the world of sports to
suggest some kind of healthy teamwork. It’s all about code reviews and design patterns and best practices and quality assurance.
Basically, software has gone from being an inspired work of genius to a manufacturing process that any company can adopt to ensure
that their code will be of the highest possible quality.
See how well that’s working?