And the public is correct. Most software *is* "bug-ridden, badly designed shite".
I'm a software developer by trade, and I'm also old enough to be of the generation where one has pride in one's work but, in my experience, many places where I've worked don't seem to share that same pride in a job well done. Most care far more about getting something
, no matter how "bug-ridden" or "badly designed" out of the door so they can bill the customer.
I always remember this quotation from the great Niklaus Wirth
In a well known interview with Dr. Carlo Pescio, published in Software Development, June 1997, Pescio asks Wirth:
You probably know about the 'good enough software' concept popularized by Yourdon. In many senses, it's just a rationalization of what's happening in the software world: the first company hitting the market with a feature-rich product is more likely to win the battle than the careful, quality-seeking company. Do you think there is anything developers and software organizations can do about that? I guess many developers would be happy to be given more time to develop better software, but at the same time they are rushed in the name of corporate survival. 'Educating the users' seems more a wild dream than a possibility.
to which Wirth replies:
'Good enough software' is rarely good enough. It is a sad manifestation of the spirit of modern times, in which an individual's pride in his/her work has become rare. The idea that one might derive satisfaction from his or her successful work, because that work is ingenious, beautiful, or just pleasing, has become ridiculed. Nothing but economic success and monetary reward is acceptable. Hence our occupations have become mere jobs. But quality of work can be expected only through personal satisfaction, dedication and enjoyment. In our profession, precision and perfection are not a dispensable luxury, but a simple necessity.