Re: Semi-Automated Programming

Brian Atkins (
Tue, 13 Jan 1998 15:16:02 -0500

Yeah, everyone should start coding in Perl :-) It rocks!
Seriously, it would seem to require some kind of AI to get
any farther than what we have now ?

David A Musick wrote:
> I just read an article in 'The New York Times' (on-line edition) that
> said there is a serious shortage of computer programmers in the world,
> that not enough people are going into computer science to keep up with
> the escalating demand for computer programmers. This is good for the
> computer programmers, since their salaries tend to keep rising, but it is
> not so good for the development of information technologies since the
> less people there are advancing those technologies, the more slowly they
> will advance.
> What I was thinking would be a high priority for software development
> companies is a form of semi-automated programming software. Basically,
> this would be a very high-level programming language which could help the
> programmer do in little time what previously took hours of coding. Since
> it isn't likely that we'll see a significantly higher percentage of
> people becoming computer programmers, what we need are tools to help
> those programmers be much more productive with their time. Also, tools
> like these will likely get rid of much of the more boring aspects of
> computer programming, which are boring because they require very little
> thought and could be better done by a computer.
> I know a lot of you on this list are computer programmers; do any of you
> know about developments in very high level programming languages?
> David Musick (
> - Continual improvement is the highest good.

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