The decline and fall of the American programmer

  title={The decline and fall of the American programmer},
  author={Keith Mander},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
LI SA H A N EY Did it happen? Well, no, not yet anyway. The late 1990s were characterized not by massive unemployment among programmers worldwide but by considerable shortages of such skilled personnel. This was caused in part by the demands of addressing myriad Y2K problems, particularly those relating to longterm legacy software. As these problems passed, the so-called “skills shortage” showed no sign of abating. Indeed, the demand for programmers, systems analysts, and software engineers is… CONTINUE READING