When GOTOs roamed the land
Perhaps its just me, but it seems I’ve recently been encountering quite a few pronouncements declaring the end of green field development. I'm not exactly sure what many of the authors necessarily mean, but most make it sound like the party's over.
However, when I think about it, I don't feel any different, certainly not like an era has ended. Actually, what I suspect is that the green fields they're speaking of died around the same time GOTOs ceased to roam the land. Not that I'm advocating for a return of the GOTO. Besides the obvious fact that resurrecting them wouldn't bring back the green fields, they were messy, difficult beasts that produced enormous piles of dung that needed to be dealt with. Yet, the question remains, is the party over?
For myself, I don’t believe it is. While the green fields others speak of may indeed be gone, they’ve been gone for far longer than most of us believe. My work, and the profession at large, continues to be fun, intriguing, and challenging. Additionally, the beauty of working in the virtual world of programming is that new green fields are constantly sprouting.