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Document or Perish

Steven Douglas Olson - Document or Perish:

"Writing is the technology that brought humans to the next level in advanced technology. Civilizations that prevailed in the past were literate. They could send messages, design things and communicate their ideas through their writings. For every Leonardo da Vinci there are innumerable inventors who carried their ideas to the grave. Writing is the power that can make your ideas transcend time.

Yet writing is looked upon by so many developers as a necessary evil.

[...] If the source code is “self-documenting” that means it must be bug-free. How are you supposed to know if a behavior is a bug or not? According to the “self-documenting” source code, there can never be any bugs."

Sun, 15 Jan 2006 21:26:03 +0000