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Comment Re:Pure Arrogance (Score 3, Insightful) 495

The attitude that the ends justify the means in software engineering is a problem. Software isn't a write once and forget it product nor is usually written by one person. The more people that need to work on a piece of code the more that code needs to adhere to the groups coding standards. I would highly suggest that everyone who writes code treat it as if the code is also a part of the product. Avoid shortcuts, be neat, be concise, and look at it as if you weren't the one who wrote it.

Comment Instant Gratification (Score 1) 527

I see the problem as one of people needing instant gratification. The mindset seems to be:

Why bother with the fundamentals when someone else has already done them? I can just use a library I found on the Internet.

What I've encountered is that one ends up with 'software' that's a bunch of not-well-understood third-party pieces cobbled together that works under ideal circumstances. In my estimation developers must have:
  • 1. The drive and passion to want to understand how things work, even the boring already been done things.
  • 2. The vision to foresee user misuse and misunderstanding of the product.
  • 3. The notion that software is more than its interface, the inside is important too.

Comment Money, Money, Money (Score 2) 142

It's gonna cost a lot of money to get a vanity top-level domain. In order to prevent domain squatting. But won't this just allow those with deep-pocketbooks to call the shots? How well did .biz do? I don't think that in my vast Internet surfing I've ever intentionally visited a .biz address. I'm sure big businesses will snatch up their brand names out of fear and a misguided sense of getting on the bandwagon as soon as possible.

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