One of my favorite goals which appears to sum up several of the more
specific ones stated earlier (simple to state but not so simple to implement):
in reply to Random thoughts on programming
A program should always gracefully survive even the worst data.
Whether it carries on unperturbed with a warning message in a log, or dies but
clearly spells out why (and does not frag the disk), will depend on the
specific nature of the application. I was reminded of this today while
trying to load a corrupt spreadsheet into Excel (which breaks all the rules 8-( ).
I'd like to be able to assign to an luser