[Pharo-project] The Cult of Done Manifesto

Igor Stasenko siguctua at gmail.com
Fri May 20 20:55:19 EDT 2011


On 21 May 2011 02:40, Andres Valloud <avalloud at smalltalk.comcastbiz.net> wrote:
> Statements like "just pretend you know what you're doing" should raise red
> flags because it leads to "doing anything at all, even it is bad, is good".
>  One might as well forget trying to know in favor of pretending to know,
> because doing something (anything) makes you right.  But of course, no
> amount of pretense will make software work when it's critical for it to work
> at a customer's site, or when doing a demo of your research work while
> defending your thesis.  Not only that, but doing something any which way has
> the hidden cost of incurring into software debt.  Exactly how much cleanup
> homework are we still dealing with because of that kind of attitude?  Are we
> happy with the results? Things that Work(TM) don't happen by accident, they
> are the product of significant amounts of effort.  Shoddy code that appears
> to work some of the time is Just Bad(TM), and sooner or later you pay for it
> ***with interest***.
>

Agreed. There is a big difference between "do something" and "do it right".

But at same time, sometimes, you have to do something first and only
then you will know how to do it right.
Software development is iterative process.

-- 
Best regards,
Igor Stasenko AKA sig.




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