Will Software Ever Make Us Redundant?
I just wanted to put something to you which has been a concern of mine for a while (WARNING: doom and gloom from Matt coming up... Any who have heart conditions may want to stop reading...).
What I want to ask you all is this; will software ever catch up those of us who code from scratch? The main reasons our jobs are safe at the moment is simply because:
1) The current 'website building software' is not very good. Dreamweaver and Front Page are ok, but still donâ€™t seem to have got it right with terribly messy code, poor accessibility considerations and cross browser bugs.
2) We can use our â€˜web developerâ€™ intellects to problem solve these issues or, if youâ€™re like me and you got so fed up with these programmes you code from scratch.
What would happen, fellow developers, if a piece of software came along which was about easy to use, taking coding out of the way and simply allowing the user to design his sight from a visual perspective. What if it did all doing all the coding for him (or her if we are being PC â€“ donâ€™t shoot me girls)? What if the code, which this masterful piece of software chucked out, was accessible and worked across browsers. What if this super piece of software made it easy to work with databases and MYSQL, using a slick desktop interface to allow you to make decisions and develop a site without ANY knowledge of HTML CSS, PHP, ASP or whatever. Is this possible? Surely it is. Iâ€™m sure there are probably some boffins working on it right now.
If ever such a piece of software was developed suddenly our jobs might be a little less secure than they are now. The emphasis would go back to the visual side of things. Those of us with print and marketing skills will be ok but the industry which is the web might suffer.
If you think this is impossible consider what happened in the print world. The only people who could print things were those who knew how to use the early printing presses. They did the designs, they were the developers (like web developers today). Then computers and software came along which left a lot of these printers out of work â€“ no more a need for typesetters and machine workers (apart from on the maintenance and set up side of things â€“ Iâ€™m talking design here). I couldnâ€™t work a printing press but I can develop and artwork up a brochure for print. What if this happens to web? The developers getting there hands dirty with code will get left by the wayside and their only use will be set up and maintenance. These two things unlike print can be done with software also so I doubt if they will even be left to do!
So what Iâ€™m saying is simply this. Enjoy it while it lasts. Continue to learn new things and try and develop skills which software cannot do â€“ eg, marketing tactics, branding, creativity etc.
Does anybody else have these views. Have I got it wrong. Maybe it is impossible for software to get that advanced, share your views below...
I hope I haven't pushed anyone over the edge with this! Stay with us and vent your views below!