benlutz at datacomm.ch
Mon Mar 22 04:59:00 PST 2004
On Mon, 22 Mar 2004 15:40:25 +1030
Greg 'groggy' Lehey <grog at FreeBSD.org> wrote:
> Heh. That's human nature. To quote:
> What is actually happening, I am afraid, is that we all tell each
> other and ourselves that software engineering techniques should be
> improved considerably, because there is a crisis. But there are a
> few boundary conditions which apparently have to be satisfied:
> 1. We may not change our thinking habits.
> 2. We may not change our programming tools.
> 3. We may not change our hardware.
> 4. We may not change our tasks.
> 5. We may not change the organizational set-up
> in which the work has to be done.
> Now under these five immutable boundary conditions, we have to try
> to improve matters. This is utterly ridiculous.
> Edsger W. Dijkstra, on receiving the ACM Turing Award in 1972
Great quote. I forwarded it to a friend, his reply cracked me up as
well (translated from german):
> Oh, he said as early as 1972?
> That the crisis still isn't over, that we are aware of. It's just
> that at the moment, things are looking like this:
> 1. We are forced to change our thinking habits (Patterns, UML, ...)
> 2. We are forced to replace all our tools (.net c#)
> 3. We need new hardware (64bit anyone?)
> 4. We need more flexibility (low level programmers are supposed
> to be good pixel artists)
> 5. We desperately need a new company structure.
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