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You had me at 'tractable'; you lost me at 'PL/I' [Oct. 28th, 2007|04:47 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

I'm reading The Mythical Man-Month. It's about 90% brilliant and insightful, and about 10% ridiculously dated. If I ever write a book about software engineering, I must remember to never, ever mention any specific languages, technologies, amounts of money, or the word "man".

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[User Picture]From: circumstances
2007-10-29 02:23 am (UTC)
Sounds interesting; I'm putting this on my "to read" list. Thanks. :)
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[User Picture]From: pmb
2007-10-29 06:11 am (UTC)
True. Once a specific technology comes up, a book had better be discussing history rather than current times. Note: this is mostly true for PhD theses as well.
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[User Picture]From: timthepenguin
2007-10-29 06:16 pm (UTC)
You totally need more COBOL programmers on your staff. And someone who knows Fortran.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-10-31 04:54 am (UTC)
Or any time they say, "Don't worry, you don't need to do anything -- just show someone else how to do it!" Or, "This will be easy. You don't have to write any code, just spec it for someone else!"

Ahem.
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