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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Arg! (Score:3, Interesting)

    I've got a paper copy of a lot of that. Part of my study a few years ago in a project management unit. The unit that got my vote as wankiest unit. Not just atrocious academic writing, but management writing too.

    It's scary stuff.
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    • Re:Arg! (Score:5, Insightful)

      I had an interesting talk at YAPC with someone who's doing a PhD in software management. He pointed out that software management is trying to do what people management does: obtain consistent quality through well-specified standardized processes. They're trying to get away from relying on brilliant programmers, in other words.

      I pointed out, and he agreed, that it's yet to be shown to actually work. It's one thing to take anybody and have them operate the deep fryer to produce a McNugget indistinguishab

      • But the games industry breaks this rule every time, and still survives. How the buggery do they do it?

        In one episode of Futurama, Zapp Branigan describes how he defeated a legion of killer androids. All it took was throwing wave after wave of troops at the androids until their internal counters overflowed. The androids shut down.

        I'm starting to wonder if the people who think software engineering will work "if it's just done right" even have counters.

        • In another episode of Futurama, Zapp Branigan attempts to defeat the alien mothership from Omicron Persei 8 by launching wave after wave of ships in an attempt to clog up the alien "Death Ray".

          Hm. I think I see a pattern here. All problems can be solved if you have an infinite supply of troops to send on suicide missions. :-)