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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • That's sorta true, but it's also true that we can measure such things, but the problem is that each of us use different measurements. Yes, of course BBEdit is the best text editor for programming on a Mac. But the nature of that sentence is inherently subjective. According to my measurements, which no one else shares, it is the best text editor.
    • When most people say that "X is the best Y for Z" they're usually giving an opinion not a measurement.

      Very few people, other than in jest, can assign a number of any type to these statements.

      "Well, I'll give vi a 6, emacs an 8, but vim definitely gets a 9.3"
      • Ability or willingness to assign numbers is not the only measure of "measurements." My car is bigger than my bike, but I have no idea by how much. Similarly, BBEdit is better than vi. Sure, I *could* get numerical measurements of the car and bike, but there's no need to.
        • Similarly, BBEdit is better than vi.

          Now you're overstating the case. You started out by saying that BBEdit was the best editor for you.

          That's not what Martin Fowler is talking about.

          If we really thought hard about it, there might be a reasonable way to measure the productivity of the little things we do on a daily basis -- using text editors or write small programs. That's doubtful, and it's even more doubtful that we could measure project productivity: OK, now do the exact same project with the

          • by pudge (1) on 2003.09.03 14:11 (#23806) Homepage Journal
            Now you're overstating the case. You started out by saying that BBEdit was the best editor for you.

            It is still what I am saying, necessarily. Since the way I measure such things must necessarily be subjective, saying it is better is necessarily saying it is better for me, unless qualified otherwise.

            Sorry, but you can't measure productivity in software. Not in any big, meaningful way.

            Of course I can, and I do it every day. But it is only big and meaningful to me.