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RIP, Software Development Magazine

Posted by kito75 on March 26, 2006 at 9:35 AM PST

I must admit I'm a big fan of periodicals. I'm a magazine junkie. I've gotten into arguments with my wife about the pile of magazines on the coffee table (now we have a six-foot tall magazine rack instead). I regularly read SD Times, InfoWorld, Dr. Dobb's Journal, JavaPro, JDJ (which finally got good), and others at times (such as ASP.NET Pro, Wired, Business 2.0, Entrepreneur, Black Enterprise, Keyboard, Electronic Musician, and so on).

And, of course, I've always been a fan of Software Development Magazine, which CMP recently announced it is killing. Of course, they say that they're not really killing it -- they're just merging it with Dr. Dobb's. Yes, you read correctly. They're merging it with Dr. Dobb's, another legendary computer programming magazines. I'm still a fan of Dr. Dobb's, but there's no doubt that its content has been watered down over the years. And while I love Software Development, it's a very different magazine.

To me, this is a troubling sign for the industry. Software Development Magazine started about 20 years ago, and it's always had rock-solid content for architects and managers. It saddens me to see it got the way of so many other good magazines, like Byte (now on-line only) and Java Report (which was folded into a newsletter before disappearing).

I'm not sure what type of magazine Dr. Dobb's will become. After the Internet bubble burst, it became harder and harder to find programming magazines on the shelves. Unfortunately, this is just the latest sign of that trend, which I think is largely fueled by the amount of on-line content out there. Even though I read a lot of on-line content, I have a warm place in my heard for print magazines. It's sad to see Software Development Magazine go.

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