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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Wednesday February 27, 2008
12:34 PM

Plan to throw one away...

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Aw, shoot; plan to throw about seven of them away. Then you'll know you finally got it right!

And as a bonus, you'll be well past the second-system effect.

I think I'm on the third implementation, but it might be the fourth.

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  • I find that for truly novel ideas, the third is the first implementation that you can release to the world.

    From there, I find I can generally evolve it.

    The problem with throwing too many away is that you never release anything.

    Witness, alas, Darrn Duncan's database modules, which despite years of evolution have never been able to do actual queries.