Friday, July 10, 2009

The current and future state of programming

An interesting read from Philip Greenspun. Apparently some students were able to find their admission status by modifying a URL. This, apparently, qualifies as "hacking". Ugh.

I am particularly fond of the sentence "As progressively dumber programmers build progressively more complex systems we will see more of this kind of attempt to paper over coding mistakes with lawyers, sanctions, policies, and laws." I know people that have been lamenting this sort of thing for years. To hear it put so clearly is refreshing. Not that anybody will really care. Until their credit cards and bank accounts get hacked, that is. But by then it will be too late. And they'll care for about 20 minutes and then get back on with their lives. *sigh*

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