Building Better Software: The Need for Efficiency, Simplicity, and Excellence
In the world of technology, we often find ourselves amazed by the advancements in hardware. From cars to buildings to planes, we see a constant strive for efficiency, simplicity, and excellence. However, when it comes to software, it seems that we have settled for mediocrity. We are content with programs that run at a fraction of their potential performance, and we even take pride in their inefficiency. But why is this the case?
As a programmer with 15 years of experience, I have started to question the lack of care for efficiency and excellence in our industry. It has reached a point where it has started to affect my own career and my view of IT as a whole. While modern cars, buildings, and planes have reached a level of optimization that maximizes their performance, software seems to lag behind.
Take, for example, the performance of web pages on our powerful portable computers. Despite the vast computing power at our disposal, many web pages struggle to maintain a smooth 60fps scroll. We can play games, watch 4K videos, but scrolling through a web page becomes a laggy experience. This raises the question: why are we not utilizing the full potential of our hardware?
Another example is the time it takes for software updates. Windows 10, for instance, can take up to 30 minutes to update. This is a significant amount of time that could be better utilized. Why can’t our