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Tuesday November 20, 2007
04:45 AM

The Most Intelligent Comment About IT I've Ever Read

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The Daily WTF is, as most of us know, a very funny site. However, sometimes there's brilliance there, too, such as this comment about developers. It's probably better if you read the thread, first. I read through it with a growing sense of irritation and dismay and that comment really hammered things home.

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  • In IT, if you have more than 1 person involved you are going to have more than 1 opinion on how something must be done.
  • Mostly I'm bothered by the disdain for others that developers seem to revel in anyway. Exposing bad code is one thing (see also []), but DailyWTF also ignores that there are humans involved.


  • I used to read the comments on that site, but I haven't read them for months now because they ended up being even more moronic than Slashdot comments. They've gotten really immature.
  • While I agree the comment is accurate, I don't think the phenomena is limited to IT. It's just as easy to get wildly different opinions from practitioners in fields as varied as medicine and auto repair. And you can often get some pretty serious attitude from a doctor or mechanic if you mention that you're getting a second opinion.

    I think the nature of the response to second opinions depends on the professionalism (or ego) of the person involved. A professional can offer an opinion, back it up with sound re
  • that the programmers commenting were ones who use .NET?
    • Not terribly. My housemate is a .net programmer and he's one of the sharpest programmers I know :)

      • That was meant as a joke.

        And yes, I know that there are some very, very good .NET programmers. However there are a lot of very bad ones.
        • Well, (I'm sure you know) there are a lot of very bad Perl programmers also. I wish there was a (valid) study of not only how popular languages are, but also the percentage of good/bad programmers in each. The only thing I can say about .NET is that I (and I believe you) don't care to program in it.
          • I really think the results of that study would scare me.

          • How would you define "good programmers"? Ones that don't pee in their cubicle?
            • Heh. I didn't say that I would want to be the one to conduct or even define the parameters of the study. Or that such a study could even be done :-)

              But it would be interesting to correlate that factor with good vs. bad (after defining what good/bad is, of course).