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The monster coming over the hill – Is enterprise coding dead?


Every code snippet that you will ever need is probably somewhere on the internet. All you have to do is ask for it. So why do we keep writing code? What’s our value as developers? Sarah Saunders talks about the skills that underline our job description as developers.

Some time ago within Capgemini, we took part in an exercise to try and understand why the development community is so big on sharing knowledge, compared with other communities. The kudos you get from sharing code has a greater value to your career than the code itself.

With sites like Stack Exchange, you can download every snippet of code you’ll ever need. Add this to the open source movement and the growing number of products which generate code from diagrams and GUIs, and there’s a scary conclusion to be drawn: The code we write has no value.

So, what is it that IS of value in what we do? Through a study of “citizen integrator” projects that didn’t require any code to be written at all, Sarah Saunders tries and distills the skills that underlie our job description as developers.



Sarah Saunders is a senior developer at Capgemini with over 15 years’ experience in the industry. Initially, a server-side Java developer working across web stacks, she has branched out into multiple technologies. She is an Agile evangelist and enjoys taking the 10,000ft view of development and IT projects.


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Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou
Eirini-Eleni Papadopoulou is an assistant editor for Just finished her masters in Modern East Asian Studies and plans to continue with her old hobby that is computer science.

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