Mankind has been constructing buildings for over 5,000 years. The Great Pyramid of Giza, for example – undoubtedly a masterpiece of architecture and engineering – was built around 2600 BC.
Constructing buildings has a few interesting basic conditions. First of all, there is – and always has been – a huge demand for buildings, driven by the rapidly growing world population. The requirements of a building are quite different depending on where it is located. In addition, environmental conditions are – or at least can be – constantly changing over time. Still, the most important parameters, like average family size and weather conditions tend to change rather slowly.
If you count in punch card-programmed looms, the concept of software is little more than 200 years old. Electronic digital computation is less than 100 years old. 30 years ago, the available main memory size of a computer would allow for creating software with a complexity that, compared to a building, would probably match a soggy cave, hopefully at least heated by a campfire.
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