Agile programming (was Re: [P|C] Banksel)
Alan B. Pearce email (remove spam text)
>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.
Trouble is they are able to, as the defects are hidden. It is not until you
attempt to do something useful that you find the software has problems, and
then you cannot be sure that it is not something you are doing in the way
you are using it, until you find that a heap of other people have the same
>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 everyone inside.
or would be supplied new with the fan missing from the heater, or only two
tyres, but 4 wheel rims, or ... some other defect that matches with the way
software seems to get shipped with important problems not fixed.
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