On the persistent rumors of the programmer’s imminent demise

Hessam Mohammadi, Wided Ghardallou, Elijah Brick, Ali Mili

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Since the dawn of programming, several developments in programming language design and programming methodology have been hailed as the end of the profession of programmer; they have all proven to be exaggerated rumors, to echo the words attributed to Mark Twain. In this short paper, we ponder the question of whether the emergence of large language models finally realizes these prophecies? Also, we discuss why even if this prophecy is finally realized, it does not change the job of the researcher in programming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1969-1976
Number of pages8
JournalSoftware and Systems Modeling
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation


  • Automatic programming
  • Large language models
  • Programming languages
  • Programming profession


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