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11. The Developer Ecology

Chapter 11. The Developer Ecology

There was a time, not all that long ago, when developers faced the vast emptiness of an unwritten program carrying only the simple tools of an editor, a compiler, and (if they were lucky) a debugger. Like their spiritual forefathers who carved a country out of the forests with just an axe and a flintlock, these hardy developers built things of lasting beauty with remarkably crude tools. Get a bunch of older developers together and they will soon be talking about the deprivations of those times, and how programmers these days have it soft and don’t really know what it was like to wait for hours to get a compile done or to track down a subtle bug with nothing but their bare hands and printf.


  

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