Platforms Re-Visited

By Deane Barker on July 9, 2003

Better Living Through Software: A great rant that echos my posting about platforms a few weeks ago:

“We in the software industry are waaay too guilty of this self-indulgence where we think that the world cares about our politics, platforms, and gratuitous layers of abstraction. In the end, the only thing that matters is whether an end user gets real-life value from your code. It’s a hard lesson for CS grads, and one that many never learn. Developers often get hung up on details like ‘what language should I use?’, or ‘should I use message-oriented or service-oriented architecture?’ Some CS grads get jobs where they can focus on those details exclusively and can ignore the fact that these details are just a means to a much more important end. “