I have mentioned previously that our reliance on Moores’ Law has meant programmers no longer worry about the limitations of the target hardware. Coding used to be an art-form, squeezing the maximum performance using the tightest programming techniques.
Today’s coders simply link to a bloatware library – accessing application services over the web that may see a computer run millions of lines of code.
The issue today is not that computers are not powerful enough…the issue is that we must use this power in a responsible, environmentally friendly manner. Green IT has as much to do with good programming practices as extracting greater efficiency from the underlying hardware.