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What implementation problems has the industry claimed to have solved many times, but are still soaking up all of your time?

Examples:

  • Cross platform GUI - mobile devices have blown this issue wide open.
  • OO to RDBMS mapping - how do I map this attribute to that field in that database using that framework. You get the idea.
  • Interface definitions - ..., CORBA, COM, EJB, WSDL, ..., etc

Can you think of any others?

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Decent web WYSIWYG editor. Noone could get even close to a normal one. sadly.

EDIT: I think it would be easier to count the problems that have actually been solved.

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You're supposed to code HTML/CSS by hand. The field is too complex and versatile to be ever automated to a complete satisfaction of professionals. Sadly so. –  user8685 Jan 7 '11 at 13:04
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Separation of implementation of UI and application logic so that a programmer can code independently and a designer can design independently.

Even when multiple options of a declarative UI language exist, the entire project work still requires tight cooperation between the two. I dare to say it's still preferred if one person is skilled in both programming and design, then the work progresses much faster.

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I think it is better with specialists, but the specialists need a reasonable awareness of the work of the other fields covered by people in the team. Not necessarily enough to take over from them, but enough to overlap the point of integration sufficiently. –  Orbling Jan 7 '11 at 14:02
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