Ya, I don't know. I can think of few things more fleeting or temporary than a computer program.
I personally believe that you're right, but the point here is that however long lasting or rapidly vanishing some piece of code may be... there's a big difference between the possibilities that it is so out of being very good or very bad respectively. A particular one may end up being firmly etched in stone... err, well in bits -that last like solid stone- in some hall of shame at the WTF, which will assure long life to it for the memory of our children, but of course I pray that this won't happen to any of mine! :)
That said, it is the lot in life of most techies to make infinitesmal contributions to progress that will never be recognized by more than the week's paycheck.
Yeah, but overall it's a comforting thought: I know that as a consequence of my bragging about
brilliant cranky ideas of mine for Perl 6 at least some interesting discussion was raised and all in all there will be some heritage from me in the beast when if eventually comes alive, albeit of a size comparable to that of a single hair wrt the whole animal.