The programming language market (was Re: [Haskell-cafe] Why functional programming matters

jerzy.karczmarczuk at jerzy.karczmarczuk at
Sat Jan 26 15:44:30 EST 2008

Tim Chevalier/Paul Johnson about "cheap computers, expensive programmers" 

>> > This is true only if talking to people in high-income nations.
>> >
>> Even in low-income nations, its only false in the short term.  If you
>> have skilled programmers with computers and Internet connections then
>> their wages inflate to the world norm.  IIRC India is seeing 20%/year
>> wage inflation...

> It's true that India seems to be going in that direction, but
> personally I don't feel I have the background or temerity to suggest
> that it will definitely happen for the rest of the world.

The issue is less related to the actual income, but to the global politics,
sometimes doctrinal. Not always the "invisible hand" of market may easily
change things, and if a given nation/country has historical strong views
on the "power of the people", the evolution is different than at your place.
India doesn't seem to boast that they are numerous and powerful. Chinese
do... We shall see. 

You may perhaps remember (which you won't, because you are too young) the
glorious times when computers became a reality even in Soviet Union. They
had at that time plenty of really good mathematicians. But the totalitarian
view of the science, plus the nationalistic proudness, made them (the rulers
not the scientists...) think and say that with so many good people, there
is no need to develop the programming automated tools. 

They neglected the programming languages. Russia and their satellites became
a kind of desert here not only because of economical problems... 

Jerzy Karczmarczuk 

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