Updating software can be a pain. Maybe you can’t find a feature you depend on. Or maybe that feature is gone for good. Other software you use might not work with the new version. Or maybe the new version is just flat-out broken. And yet, with few exceptions, most of us stay on the technology update treadmill. Usually it’s because the old version of the software is no longer supported, meaning it won’t receive security fixes and might not run on new operating systems. I addition, the new version includes features that make the pain of switching worthwhile. In the age of the app stores, the updates might happen automatically with no way for you to roll back to the old version. Coders have to deal with their own version of this headache: updated versions of programming languages. Those new versions typically add features, and may change a language’s syntax. In some cases, those changes make code written in old versions of the language incompatible with code written in the new language. Programmers then have to decide whether to start using the newer version, which often means rewriting old code. Coders make the shift for the same reasons consumers and… Read full this story
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