Food for thought indeed.
I got to this from an idle google search for “How many people program”. Which lead me to a repost of this article by Bastian Geary, maintainer of my favorite personal productivity software (hint, its text based).
It is indeed a good time to be involved in software development. I think the rise of github and stackoverflow have come largely after Anderssen’s article. As someone with over 30 years writing software, it is now hard for me to imagine life without either.
(And for those living under a rock, Anderssen wrote the first popular web browser).