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December 30, 2005

The Latest in Automatic Programming

MSNBC reports on several examples of "automating programming"--the use of computer software to write other software:

  • A program, developed by Doug Smith and others at the Kestrel Institute, that "translates a description of a problem into guidelines a computer can understand," and which has been used "to develop software for scheduling cargo deployment for the U.S. military."
  • Software from SciComp that "helps investment banks design programs to price financial derivatives."
  • An automatic programming program from Tenfold which "can generate corporate software in three weeks, compared with more than a year when done by hand."

The article ends on a note that is consistent with my posting yesterday: "Still, automated code doesn't yet compare in quality to what's generated by hand . . . . Programmers can rest easy knowing that their jobs are safe--at least for now."

Posted by Robert at December 30, 2005 7:30 AM
category: Artificial Invention


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