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Editorial comment posted by the Foresight Institute on News and Discussions of Coming Technologies:
I was attracted by a slashdot article on 8-bit Java VM's implemented using a Turing Machine backend. With Turing Machines being conceptually simple, the design put forward by Bernard Hodson has relevance to nanotechnology in that we'll want to get the simplest possible hardware running the smallest possible software. Probably not in Java, but the principles still hold. If construction command sequences can be compressed in a similar way, assembler control machinery could be greatly simplified.

A kind word by email:
I was overjoyed to read your article "The fall and rise of the programmer". I graduated from a Community College 32 years ago with a Diploma in Data Processing. Back then, we learned Assembler, High level languages (Cobol, RPG, Fortran) and System Analysis and Design. In addition, we learned Business Systems (Accounting, Payroll, economics, etc.). In my 32 years as a Programmer, Programmer Anaylst, Manager, Director, Consultant, I have been able to adapt because of my training. In the last 15 to 20 years it has been extremely frustrating as the new breed of IT experts and Business Executives seem to view all applications as some form of Microsoft Access Database or Spreadsheet function. The advent of SQL as a tool, has created an enormous problem as the new IT professional have tried to develop complex systems using SQL. Without the flexibility and logic handling of a more rounded language these new systems seem to be very rigid and unforgiving.

I hope I don't sound like an old Dinosaur, but I feel programmers are no longer coming out of our Educational institutions. We are turning out Application enthusiasts, not experts. I have enjoyed my years in providing computerized solutions to end users. Thank you for giving me the prod, to express my feelings.