Tuesday, November 30, 2010

about frogs and programmers

I am reading Gerald M. Weinberg's classic book Psychology of Computer Programming, which I am finding really interesting, and it also has some funny bits:

"Looking back, it seems that forcing programmers to work in isolation is like trying to study the swimming behaviour of frogs by cutting off their legs and putting those legs in the water to watch them swim. After all, everyone knows that the frog swims with its legs, so why complicate the experiments with all the rest of the frog?"

Sadly, in many senses, things don't seem to have changed much in the last 40 years.

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