Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Return of the homebrew coder:

Mar 11th 2004 ;From The Economist print edition
"Software: Most modern software is written by huge teams of programmers. But there is still room for homebrew coders, at least in some unusual niches
BEFORE Henry Ford unleashed the practice of mass production on the world, every little town had a few dozen artisans who made the lives of citizens easier. A cobbler made the shoes, a tailor sewed suits and a carpenter built furniture. Mass production sounded the death knell for many specialist craft jobs, and the rise of computerised supply chains finished off most of the rest. But now, a century later, the trend is reversing itself. The new craftsmen do not stitch leather, cut cloth or saw wood: instead, they write software. ... "