@ebel On the "not everyone's a programmer" thing -- technically correct, but to my endless frustration, somehow this is always used to conclude "therefore we should keep them out" and not, y'know, "therefore we should make things more accessible to them"
@joepie91 @ebel THANK YOU for saying this. It's so easy to slip into the mindset that programming belongs to some elite club of intellectuals, when in reality we should be building *general purpose languages* in ways that the *general public* can use them. Of course, *domain* is a valid concern; what areas of the layperson's life can be made easier with a little bit of programming knowledge?
@ebel "people shouldn't try to replace lightbulbs or even mess with disjunctors. Not everyone is an electrician."
@ebel. If i were king, app updates would not be allowed to change the UI without lengthy, detailed HOWTO information for my mom so she doesn't have call me, asking me to do phone support for a device I don't use for an app I don't use, just because the vendor decided to redesign the UI.
@killick @ebel I used to think enterprise software was clunky and poorly designed. Then I spent ten years teaching people how to use enterprise software, and developed a rich appreciation for software that doesn't change the way it looks over the years -- and when it does, it does so in bold strokes and not too often.
@ebel This is so topical because I was just thinking about a children's show where someone like Fred Rogers goes around to different people in the neighborhood and helps them automate parts of their lives/businesses/hobbies with some simple general scripting language. What a fun way for kids to learn that computers can do work for us so that we have more time to do things we like to do.
@ebel This is what I've actually *hated* about the Cloud / Webapp mentalities. I remember what it was like when people were first able to have computers on their desks. We're going backwards now.
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