The software industry is probably the most dynamic and innovation of all industries. However, many people also try to convince us to adapt new ideas despite their dubious practical value.
So what are the ideas that stick… ideas that are genuinely good and important?
Here is my current list:
- Structured programming;
- Unix and its corresponding philosophy;
- Database transactions;
- The “relational database”;
graphicaluser interface ;
- Software testing;
- The most basic data structures (the heap, the hash table, and trees) and a handful of basic algorithms such as Quicksort;
- Public-key encryption and cryptographic hashing;
- (new:) High-level programming and typing;
- (new:) Version control.
Let me put it this way: if you were to meet a master of software programming, what are you absolutely sure he will recommend to a kid who wants to become a programmer?
Am I missing anything important?