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Friday April 30, 2004
12:29 AM

OT Rant

[ #18558 ]

For the love of all that is holy, can everybody please STOP referring to "source code" as the "blueprints" of software?

That is a BAD ANALOGY! It is like saying that beams, nails, pipe, and carpet are the blueprints for a house.

Flowcharts, data dictionaries, RFCs, specs; these are the BLUEPRINTS for software. Source code is the RAW MATERIAL or BUILDING SUPPLIES of software. Compilers/Interpreters are the HAMMERS and WELDING ROBOTS of software.

"Source code is the food for magical compiler elves who live inside your hard drive" is a better analogy than BLUEPRINTS. Die!

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