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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Maybe you really are superior at maintaining a system like that, but FWIW in the systems I've worked on it seems to just be how things eventually end up. I probably just suck too, though. I would like to work in one of these mythical places where development is done sanely.

    For one thing, if he's like me, he probably doesn't have enough resources to able to carefully document and test things. I've heard the arguments before about how these things actually save time over the long run and blahblahblah, so I do

    • You do make a point, but this is a system that consists of only 53 files, counting all scripts, modules, sql files, etc.

      I've dealt with legacy systems that had thousands of modules, that had grown over the years, also with no documentation whatsoever, and it was nothing like this.

      While I agree that the lack of documentation and that kind of thing may not be his fault (but instead a product of circunstances), there are clearly a lot of things that are the product of a non-programmer creating code.

      Again, it may not be his fault, but given how the guy goes around in conferences and the internet exalting his development skills, I am really pissed.

      And this is not something that has grown over time, AFAIK, it's just a not very large system that was very poorly designed and implemented.

      Again, you do make a point, but this system is nothing like that.

      This is not me going after everybody who's done bad coding in the past (heck, I'm probably in that group also).

      This is me complaining about a specific system and a specific programmer and the discrepancy between his skills and the skills he claims to have.

      • This is me complaining about a specific system and a specific programmer and the discrepancy between his skills and the skills he claims to have.

        Ok, I guess you just hit a nerve with me. ;)