Agile programming (was Re: [P|C] Banksel)
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On Thu, 29 Jan 2009, Nate Duehr wrote:
> My favorite false-premise in software development is that of "code re-use".
> To be honest, PICsters seem to actually do it more than most. But in
> companies? Nah... you're paid to code... so you code... even if there was
> already code to do X checked into the CVS tree somewhere.
This I can somewhat forgive. For me, and most programmers I know, writing
new code is WAY easier than trying to understand and use code that is
already written. This include code you wrote yourself!
Even with carefull coding and good comments, you just can't always
duplicate that mental state of understanding a complex problem in the same
However... I have to agree 100% that the software industry is awful.
Companies tend to go bankrupt when they fail to ship products, so they
ship crap knowing they will be better off than if they spent more time to
fix bugs. There just really isn't any punishment for writing buggy
software like there for designing a building that collapses.
Someone once said that if the car industry was run like the computer
industry, we would all be driving BMW's that got a thousand miles to the
gallon and cost $80 but would randomly explode after a few years, killing
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