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  • by pudge (1) on 2004.05.25 17:54 (#31077) Homepage Journal
    National Review recently printed an article about outsourcing from Cato assoc. director Daniel Griswold [], and in it, he wrote, "IT companies are increasingly outsourcing thankless jobs -- routine programming, data entry, and system monitoring -- abroad." I read this and nodded approvingly.

    In the latest issue, a letter-writer complained, "There is really no such thing as 'routine programming.' We have not yet advanced to a point where programming can be performed by anyone but a highly educated, experienced person. The construction of a software project is still a creative endeavor, more art than science."

    To this, I scoffed heartily. The author replied to the letter, saying, "By 'routine programming,' I meant those tasks that are more limited and more easily delegated." That's fine, but I would have said, "Nonsense. Most programming these days can be done by monkeys, children, or cabbage. Have you ever actually seen Visual Basic?"