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When software became a commodity

What happens when software becomes a commodity good? Something you just download from one of the many open source code repos around the world? Business specifically, changes. You don’t need large teams of software developers anymore, heck you don’t even need developers at all. What you need are plumbers, people to connect the pipes and ensure the data is flowing.

Lower salaries

The first thing all of us software devs might notice is quite a hit to our salaries. No one wants to hear their industry or their salary is i the decline, but it’s only a matter of time. There are a few ways around this, but that’s probably another post.

Less software needs to be written

Do you ever think to yourself, what is the economic value of this line of code I’m writing?Well I do and the answer i routinely come up with is $0. Why the heck am I doing things for $0 economic value? Do I really enjoy programming that much that I would spend most of my time doing it for free? The answer is a hell no. I can think of a thousand things I’d rather do for free, rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, playing board games... just sitting on a bench outside is a better use of my time for $0 economic value than writing code.

Too much of anything is bad for you

Same thing applies to code. Don’t spend all of your time coding, branch out and find different things to do, on the computer or otherwise. You may just wind up happier than you were before, I know I am.