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    This is a new satire site, right? These days it’s getting harder and harder to differentiate between reality and fiction in tech. The rest of their posts are pretty much spot on.

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        It’s a good thing that Engineer is a protected profession and not everyone can claim it, like Lawyer or Doctor.

        In the US now it’s “oh you’re an engineer? Do you have any idea how little that narrows it down?”

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          I disagree, I believe the regulatory agencies do nothing in Canada to legitimize their claim to regulating software development. Heck, they do nothing for electronics or semiconductors or anything smaller than the power grid.

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            Software development is done by developers. If you are a software engineer chances are you’re working on software infrastructure that actually apply at scales that are not “add a shopping cart to this blog”.

            There are reasons you ask a civil engineer for work.

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              You missed my point that if professional engineering societies in Canada want to take ownership of software and electronics, they better do something and not just say they’re regulating it and sit on it with no clear definition for what it even is.

              If they were doing their job, we wouldn’t need to debate what a software engineer is. They’ve let us down and they’re getting away with it.

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                They’re regulating engineering of software and electronics.

                From Engineers Canada;

                In the case of software engineering, a piece of software (or a software-intensive system) can therefore be considered an engineering work if both of the following conditions are true:

                • The development of the software required “the application of a systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the development, operation, and maintenance of software.”

                • There is a reasonable expectation that failure or inappropriate functioning of the system would result in harm to life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare, or the natural environment.

                That does seem to me well defined. If you disagree then it’s okay.

                Edit: taken from this: https://engineerscanada.ca/sites/default/files/public-policy/professional-practice-software-engineering-en.pdf which also add context.

                I cannot speak about electronics as my education was in software engineering.

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                  Not so much well defined as fancy words. There is no example of a paying software development job that has no economic impact if the software were to fail.

                  If I ran a small shopify page for goat feed, I’d be an engineer for making sure the site stayed working so farmers could order their feed. It could even put lives at risk!

                  It really only excludes someone privately working on a video game for fun.

                  So given that, what are they actually regulating? What are they providing to their members to help them become better “software engineers”. I say it’s nothing at all? +

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              If you’re a software engineer, you’re applying an engineering process to the field of software development. Adding a shopping cart to a blog can be a perfectly sound solution to the problem at hand.

              Engineering becomes more important at scale, but scale itself doesn’t define engineering.

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                That’s missing the point. Engineers perform at a specific level. You don’t expect civil engineers to build the bridge. Can they do it? Sure. But that’s not the profession. Same with Structural Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Industrial Engineers, etc. They are at a higher level in the planification and execution process and will likely have signatory responsibilities on the project. If the bridge falls, the engineer does have explaining to do.

                The equivalent for a software engineer would be (in the US) more at the level of architect with responsibilities higher than developers.

                But engineers is not a protected term so everyone is an engineer now.

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                  That’s a very arbitrary delineation that just seems to be something you worked out backwards to support your claim. I’m an EE and software developer and I sometimes do projects involving both fields (which would be computer engineering, I guess), and there’s really not that much difference. I certainly don’t see why I would label half of it engineering and the other half not.

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      The name of the website is a play on the satire website the onion, it’s satire.

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      Thanks, I didn’t even notice. It’s not a normal decision that would be made, but sometimes there’s weird stuff buried deep in the paperwork.

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      It’s sort of based in reality. In general most software jobs are closer to technician work than engineering these days. However, there definitely are lots of software jobs which do qualify as engineering.

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      I don’t take any article post or comment seriously anymore. Between the era of misinformation and advancements in AI, my trust in the internet is at an all time low.

      Make your own decisions, second guess everything

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    Funny enough, I probably did more software engineering as a web dev than I did as a software engineer at some companies.

    In the UK, at least, the only difference typically between a web developer and a software engineer is £15-20k in salary. Frankly, we’re all software engineers…

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        About half of the equivalent in the US, often less. It’s exceedingly rare to make 100k here even in a senior position, although it does exist. Median is 40-50k (pounds, so times that by 1.2 for USD).

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          Holy crap. That’d be a pretty substantial cut for me, but I guess that said, is the COL a lot less?

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            Afaik it’s similar here in Germany.
            BUT you need go remember: We have social insurance and don’t need to pay 5000$ when taking the ambulance etc. etc.
            So if you exclude that we may come close if you need to see a doc on the regular.

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              Even then it’s a pay cut. I know some people who moved to NA, and egotistically it’s a sound decision because engineers there are on the right side of the wealth disparity ravine. Money’s good enough that you don’t need social safety nets. And if push comes to shove, someone making $100k/y can definitely afford health insurance and the occasional trip for medical tourism.

              Now personally I believe in income redistribution so I’m happy to pay a lot of taxes in one of the most income-egalitarian countries in the world. But I’d make a shit-ton more if I lived&worked in Luxembourg or Canada.

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                I did the math a few years ago when Trump was president.

                I currently make double in America of what is made in other countries. It was something ridiculous like even if I had $35k a year in med expenses, I’d still be making more in the US.

                Either American engineers are paid way out of proportion, or the rest of the world pays poorly. Either way, I’m going to ride this train before Skynet replaced me.

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                Then you need surgery and your COL is already >50% of your net income and you are a 100k in debt. And assuming you have savings, I’d rather spend them on myself (vacation etc.) rather than brace for my bankruptcy because I stood up wrong.

                Now personally I believe in income redistribution so I’m happy to pay a lot of taxes in one of the most income-egalitarian countries in the world.

                So same for me

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                  These careers do have decent insurance in the US. Long term illness is a different beast, but the most of ever pay for a medically necessary surgery is $3800, which is my max out of pocket. And I’d get short term disability which pays both 80% of my salary to me, and some amount to the company to compensate for my lost time.

                  Good jobs in the US really don’t have as many horror stories you are always hearing on the internet. I mean, we have lots of other horror stories which are totally true, like our schools being violent and deadly. And rural areas being filled with the stupidest people on the planet. And even in lots of tier one US cities, the public transportation being useless.

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                  COL is not anywhere near $50k/y ($4100/mo!) except maaaybe in some very narrow parts (basically just SV an Manhattan, assuming you want a decently large apartment). But in either of those places an engineer makes up for it by making $150k/y instead.

                  Also rich Americans have good insurance, I’m sure you could find an example of someone who had this happen but it’s basically a non-risk.

                  And if healthcare was the only problem, then Canada would be an option as well. Engineers there still make a shitload more than German engineers. Watch out for the real estate market tho.

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            Yes, depending on where you live rent might be similar (London isn’t much cheaper than NY or LA) but cost of living is otherwise less. Also, people tend to work much shorter hours (a limit of 37 for me, any extra is returned as PTO) and start with much more annual leave (25 days discretionary, for me, plus public holidays, plus we close over Christmas and new year’s). Furthermore there’s no health costs to pay etc. On the whole it balances out and I think the lifestyle here is better, but I do envy the extreme salaries of those in the US.

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              As someone in the US, 40 hours per week is the minimum. Recognition for “being a hard worker” has required 60+ hours at some places I’ve worked. This is for a fixed salary and no overtime pay, mind you. Then you’re usually on an on call rotation every few weeks where you may have to work off-hours if something comes up. That’s additional unpaid hours. My current company pays $80,000 USD for new college grad software developers.

              US holidays are 8-10 days, and junior devs usually start with 5-10 days of vacation. Health insurance costs at least several hundred a month (your employer also pays about 3x more than you towards your insurance premium as a benefit).

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                You’re actually getting applicants at 80k? That’s nuts. Last I checked fresh outs were clearing 100k.

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                  Despite incessant reassurance from recruiting that they have the best market data and we’re paying above average, I have reasons to suspect that’s not the truth. One of them being we’re hemorrhaging mid-grade talent and focusing on hiring backfills in Ireland and Hungary for much lower salaries. It almost seems like they’re trying to offshore the dev group via attrition to work around having to do layoffs…

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                It’s not too crazy here :) 25 days a year is the legal minimum and I get about 10 more than that, plus a few extra from doing overtime here and there. That’s why I say the lifestyle is on the whole better here even though we don’t earn nearly as much. It’s still plenty to pay the mortgage, and Europe is right on the doorstep to spend all that holiday time in.

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          You made that as a senior software dev in Finance more than a decade ago, more now (mainly because the pound went down versus other main currencies), especially if you’re working in the Front Office (i.e. directly with business, such as Traders and Analysts)

          However breaking into Front Office IT in Finance without previous experience in your CV working in banking or similar is pretty though.

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            Sure, yes, but those kinds of positions in the US make 300k or more too. Also, then you work in finance and you have to live with the fact that you are categorically making the world a worse place every day.

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        Varies heavily dependent on industry, but typically less than US devs. Also if you live outside London it’s going to be a lot less.

        You average non-junior dev will probably make about 50-60k £ in london but about 25-35k £ outside london.

        Senior developer can vary heavily. in london I’ve seen 60-120k depending on language and industry.

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            I’m a senior in the north east and I’m on 32k. But cost of living and houses are sooooo much cheaper here. I am not scraping by, I’m doing good.

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              I’d say you’re very underpaid, I’m making about 50% more than that in a fully remote UK-based mid-level position. You should start looking for a new job, even if it’s just as leverage to get paid fairly at your current place.

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                To add to this, I get paid more as a junior in Wales which should be comparable to NW England economically.

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                Oh yeah, I’m severely underpaid in my current job, even for where I live and what my role is. But I’m happy with my bosses and my colleagues. They’ve got my back more than not and I can be happy knowing I’m not in a hostile work environment. They are my genuine friends. Also helps that I enjoy the work I do. It’s not going to be my forever job but I’m savoring it while i can before I move on.

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                  If they’re genuine friends they’ll be receptive when you ask them to pay you fairly.

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              However things like cars, phones, vacations, gas/petrol or electricity still cost the same everywhere…

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                Vacations maybe because that also depends on where you want to go. Cars can differ wildly, unless you want a sportscar or some such. Same goes for phones, often you get one „free“ with your contract for mobile. Gas/Petrol vary a lot, because of taxes and other state side things attached to them. Same goes for electricity plus those also depend on availability.

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                  A VW Golf or a Hyundai i20 costs the same in London as in a village, not only a Porsche.

                  Same for the phone, the contract per month is the same anywhere you live.

                  Taxes on gas usually are the same for all locations in a country, at least in the countries I’ve lived in. Only highway/town variations.

                  I’d love to see where electricity prices vary locally, never seen that myself.

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            Pounds and dollars are not the same. Also don’t move country just for a job, you can probably work remotely anyway!

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          Holy shit, that’s nothing outside of London. At that point be a restaurant server.

          One thing in the US that has been encouraging is the very lowest earners are getting big jumps in pay, while people like devs are stagnating

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        You mean you wouldn’t expect a software engineer to understand the coefficient of thermal expansion of tungsten carbide in a gas lubricated piston/cylinder pneumatic deadweight calibration system?

        Yeah, me either. But I would expect one to know how to research the documentation to find out what it meant.

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          Even though my job title has “engineer” in it, I don’t agree that it should be considered an area of engineering.

          Yeah, me either. But I would expect one to know how to research the documentation to find out what it meant.

          I wouldn’t even expect most of them to this kind of research, no. On top of that, I see “engineering” also carrying some type of accountability and responsibility. For example, civil engineering, there are often regulatory bodies, codes, and standards that engineers must adhere to, and they are legally responsible for the safety and integrity of their projects. While in the software side of things, standards and best practices are more loose. Unless you’re working in safety critical industries (automotive, aviation, etc…), the “accountability structure” is completely different, if existent at all. Calling themselves Software developer or some derivate would make much more from my point of view.

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        And software development isn’t actually development. They don’t build houses!

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        I think the idea is, most people could build a doghouse with no training, but you need planning and education to plan/build a skyscraper. If you want to write your own app at home, maybe no software planning is really required. Keep nailing in workarounds. But if you want to build a huge system, you need to do a bit more than workarounds. You need a good plan from the start to make it all efficient and in a manner others can contribute to the code base.

        That said, I feel like just having workarounds is really common even in large industry settings. Maybe I’m wrong though. I’m more of a home doghouse builder type myself.

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          Anyone can build a bridge. Only an engineer can build a bridge that barely stands.

          In the same way, the fact that one built a large online platform, that doesn’t necessarily mean it was built with minimal ressources and without taking past or future risk.

          Engineering is, as a profession, specifically the application of scientific principles to solve problems the right way, the first time, that is to say efficiently, and with minimal risk.

          The fact that one codes, or wields a wrench, or operates a C&C machine does not mean one is applying science to solve problems efficiently and managing risk. These are entirely different skills and professions.

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    The only real software engineer anymore is Linus Torvalds, everyone else stands on the shoulders of giants.

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    they should also ban web developers who refer to themselves as ninjas, especially code ninjas

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      Ah yes, I’ve spent decades cringing when I meet a self-proclaimed or even peer-proclaimed “rockstar”, “ninja”, “guru”, “jedi”, or probably a half dozen other “cool” designations for a tech worker.

    • @RonSijm
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      What if you do it ironically? Like calling yourself a Code Ninja Jedi 10x Rockstar 🚀?

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      Ninjas, super-heroes, black-belt and terms like that are known gender-excluders. I’ve been through a couple of adjustment sessions for company standard job descriptions and it’s unreal how you can change the applicant mix by wording.

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        “web development” casts a wide net.

        The classic imagery of someone playing with frontpage back in the day, or screwing around with html in a text editor, sure. But those folks wouldn’t call themselves web developers (there was a phase over 20 years ago where anyone that cobbled together a geocities would declare ‘web developer’ on their resume, but I haven’t seen someone do that in ages).

        However, you can get in pretty deep with code running in the browser as javascript and/or wasm. Backend gives them some nested dictionary in json or protobuf and they parse, manipulate, iterate over it, sometimes making some pretty complex visualizations. Basically a ‘web developer’ is nowadays on par with any Game or GUI application developer in terms of what they might be writing. There are a few things left out of direct reach by a browser runtime, but you have access to plenty and the backend abstractions to get something in reach of HTTP are often no easier than the thing being abstracted, it’s just reframed as ‘http’.

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        There really isn’t. For example web browsers can execute assembly now and a good “web developer” (I’d call them a software engineer) will use assembly where appropriate.

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          With WebUSB (supported in Chrome) and the possibility to build web applications to controls physical devices there’s definitely some web developers who can claim to be proper engineers even in the strict definitions

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    can we ban web developers who call themselves “developers”?

    also php programmers who call themselves anything?

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      Nah, no need for this kind of gatekeeping. Anyone who deals with js and its billions of frameworks on a daily basis deserves to be called a developer.

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        Agreed.

        We also deserve to be called, every so often, to see how we’re doing.

        • Heyyy its your super duper new project manager! I hope you are feeling a-mazing because you are my a-ce on the team. Anyways i need you to do things twice as fast, because we are running low on budget after sales promised another feature without extra billing and the CEO already signed off on it. Please make this happen somehow. If this project isn’t succesfull i’ll get fired and have to sell the house. But no pressure!

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          Never used it in over 23 years of using PHP. Also, I don’t thing that has existed anymore for the past 10 years or so?

          Seriously, if we’re going to do this, can we also bitch about painful java apps from 10 years ago, or the hilariously shitty modules in node from 10 years ago? I can go on for a while, but you hopefully get the point.

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            The question was why do I hate it, and it was because of this. I don’t understand your confusion.

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              My confusion is that you hate it tosay because someone over a decade ago wrote 10 times the same complaint that was mostly fixed already since about a decade ago

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            lol, no… it sucks
            trust me, if you’ve already gotten used to php, you’re smart enough to learn a better language.
            really just use node if you’re going that sorta route…

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              JavaScript has a lot of the same issues as PHP. It doesn’t have some of the same core library issues because it doesn’t have a good core library.

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                  Adding a third-party library in PHP is just as easy. The composer.json file looks very similar to a package.json.

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                ECMA 6 has had drastic improvements over the past js…
                however node is still infinitely better than php, and since javascript is inexorably a part of web development, it’s a lot more logical to use it on the backend too…

                i don’t mean that node is great, i mean that it’s an easy transition from php, a billion times better, and much more modern and useful… so a very natural transition…

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                  ECMA 6 has had drastic improvements over the past js…

                  Sure, but it still lacks basic built-in features. For example, why do maps and sets not have sort or filter methods? In Node, why is there no built-in way to connect to a database of any sort? Why can Node.js apps only use a single time zone? Requiring libraries for everything is not ideal as the libraries vary wildly in quality and they can end up either abandoned or containing malware (which has happened several times in the Node ecosystem).

                  still infinitely better than php

                  They each have their pros and cons, depending on use case. Node.js does some things better than PHP, but the opposite is true too.

                  • You can build a whole PHP website without using any third-party libraries, and it’ll work on any web host that supports PHP (literally any good web host that exists today). There’s value in having that level of flexibility.
                  • You can build a PHP site today and it’ll mostly still be working (maybe with some minor changes) in 5 years, whereas for some of my Node.js sites I have to switch to an older version of Node just to build them. For example https://obviousspoilers.com/ has been practically untouched since 2009.
                  • The fact that PHP can run multiple apps in the same FPM process means that you can run thousands of sites on a single server without issues. There’s some non-Node solutions to this (like Cloudflare workers) but they’re mostly proprietary at the moment.
                  • There are more PHP than Node.js jobs, and far more sites use PHP. Wordpress uses PHP and powers over 40% of the web, so that means that at least 40% of all websites use PHP.
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          That is literally a decade old article with basically 1 complaint that sometimes functions are strpos() and sometimes str_len(). Anything else it’s saying is “I don’t even know how to say it”. Really now? Any of your complaints have been fixed since about a decade ago, so why don’t you give it a try?

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            lol, no…
            also this is a joke sub so stop trying to sea lion me about it.
            also your “summation” of the article is pretty stupid

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      I’m a full-stack web developer and am involved all the way through including cloud infrastructure, API development, database creation/maintenance, test automation, architecture etc.

      I guess what makes a “developer” in your context different? Embedded? Kernel?

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        Only those who code in the same language as I am can be called developers. Everyone else is just an impostor and their technology doesn’t matter! Real programmers use my language of choice

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          Have you heard about our lord and savior Rust? 🙏

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      As if webapps aren’t usurping mobile and desktop apps, anything not C# or .NET is a toy language?

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        c# and .net? ewww…

        gimme c, c++, go, rust, ruby, python…
        and umm, no dude, native apps are a lot more powerful than web apps… they are not usurped at all

        there’s more of them, but there’s more scooters than motorcycles…

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          Scooters are more efficient, get you where you need to go and cost less to maintain. Your analogy is actually pretty good in that regard.

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            yeah and they only get you around the neighborhood, any actual distance and a motorcycle is infinitely better…
            but, it figures you’d miss that, since you’re a dumby dumbo mcpoopoo head webdev

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              Please refrain of using offensive words, specially if you are trying to actually communicate an idea that is by all means demeaning to other people. The community is about humour, keep that in mind ;)