Weinberg's Second Law

“If builders built houses the way programmers built programs, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.”

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  • I really hate this one. It assumes that all software should be robust as a house. When actually, sometimes you need it to be as robust as, say, the doghouse. Or the bike shed.

  • Yeah, you should definitely not put in more work than you need to get the job done.

    However, when I see misbehaving software labeled “enterprise” from vendors who charge a lot and promise a lot I start to think these things.

  • I can only agree to that.
    Incidentally, would you care to name & shame? :-)

  • Nah, no names. I’d rather make a list of good software.

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