Is programming, or will it ever be, as simple?

EETimes.com – Inventor forges fresh approach to writing software:

“Ten programmers could not produce the same program to solve a problem because programming is an artful approach. I want to eliminate the art and make it an engineering approach,” said Morrison.

How many times has this been tried? Is it possible? What does it even mean? I’m certain that ten engineers faced with the same problem (like, a bridge) would produce different solutions, so are engineers some sort of artsy hippies that need engineering applied to them?

I wonder if it’s the same in other fields. Do mathematicians get things like “We should use an engineering approach to eliminate art from geometry theorems”?

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