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Game/Website/App Creators - 2016/07/04
A topic that I am very disturbed about are Game/Website creators. These programs are what I consider is helping to destroy the technology industry. Not only is this causing for more people to be able to create mediocre apps (games, websites, or otherwise) and therefore lowering programming salaries and the chances real programmers have of obtaining a job, but it also promotes shitty code leading to bloated projects.

The first aspect is that these 'creators' are destroying the industry for real programmers (not people who think they're programmers because some mobile app creator helped them make a stupid clock app that they put on their phone). This is because it is allowing more people who have no respect for the field to enter and create shitty apps. More people entering the field means less work for real programmers and the little work that may be found will be for lower wages (something that for now the programmer master race has been able to avoid because of the few people who want to get involved in programming due to its intense logic and, in some cases, mathematics).

The second aspect is that it leads to shitty code and terrible performance. This is because these creators turn whatever is put into their GUI into a real programming language which then gets compiled or interpreted. The issue with this kind of cross-compiling is that it makes the code a lot uglier and a lot messier. A good example of this without even looking at creators is the HaXe Programming Language, which I had used for a while to make Flash games (before thinking I'm stupid for using Flash please take into account that this was before JavaScript became such a powerful language that you could easily write games with it, before HTML5 came out). With HaXe you don't actually compile, you cross-compile into another language and that language then gets compiled or interpreted. Now, if you look at the code that is generated by HaXe in the other language (as I have) you will see that it is very unnecessarily messy. This isn't hard to understand why it creates something so messy, just think how you would actually do something like this, that cross-compiles to another language, it's not a very easy task. Same goes for the creators, they turn whatever you created in the GUI to a programming language and along with it comes a ton of unnecessary code that will just take up more memory and make performance slower. In this aspect, can I blame them? No. But that doesn't justify it being a replacement for the programming the damn app yourself.

Finally, even though one could say "It helps others get interested in the field.". This is wrong, very much so. How can one say that it will help others gain interest in the field if they're not even doing anything about the field (that is, they're not programming). If you're using a creator you obviously don't care about the field, since you're trying very hard to avoid all the hard stuff that goes along with creating decent apps. Instead of learning it all, hard and easy, you learn something that does the actual programming for you ('game maker make me a game') instead of having genuine interest in making something nice.

To put it this way, I'm fine if you use a website creator, for example, to make a personal website of yours (just don't expect me to debug that shit when things to wrong, 'cause I don't want to have to go through one very long line of HTML and CSS). Other than that, no game creators and no app creators. All these do is ruin the the programming industry and turn code quality down, performance down, and wages down.


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