November 13, 2000

Programmers: be an engineer, Not an artist

Author: JT Smith

It seems to me that Open Source software as a whole suffers from "messiness" -- this is perhaps due to the fact that a lot of Open Source stuff is written by students and hobbyists who do not (yet) have formal training in software engineering or design. This greenness shows in the programs: they (usually) work (kind of), but they tend to be brittle and exhibit interface quirks that an experienced engineer would instinctively avoid. -Kelly McNeill


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