[Pdx-pm] RE: [Pdx-pm] Software development and The Rules
perl-pm at joshheumann.com
Wed Sep 25 14:10:11 CDT 2002
Having just graduated with a CS degree (and there being fully entrenched in
wanting to do things the "right way"), I'm interested to see the way that
programmers are illustrated here.
Programming has, following the popularity of the internet, been brought to
the masses. This is a good thing, because a lot of cool things get written
that us cs nerds wouldn't have thought of, and a lot of people became cs
nerds despite their degrees in Art History or Philosophy.
The downside is that it is easy to make something work and not think about
the peripherals such as maintenance, readability (which hasn't been
mentioned here and is a HUGE problem among perl programmers) and future
addons, etc. Essays like Mythical Man Month and No Silver Bullet are
standard reading in the cs world (although I had to opt to read them), and
were revolutionary when they were published, but don't get read often
enough to stem the rising tide of "poor" programming practices.
Basically, everyone should read them. There are probably some others that
I didn't mention, but those specifically.
Okay, I'm done.
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