Market research studies continuously appear decrying the shortage of engineers that we are suffering, specially in the software development field, even as not everyone agrees. To compound the problem, there also seems to be no way of getting more girls interested in programming.
Even though everybody knows that software is eating the world, programming is still not the number one career kids want to pursue, and who are we to blame them? Compared to a firefighter or an astronaut, how do we explain what we do? Typing and staring at black consoles all day long? Mighty impressive.