My boss was sitting next to me as we closed down our
virtual database-based FTP server derived from
. Then he says "What's that file
. I say "it's a file that has the welcome text
that shows up upon login." He says "Well, why cant that
be in the ftpd.conf file
. I say "Well, because I want
to emphasize that cornerstone of software engineering,
He then says "Well, it sort of bothers me that all the
configuration info for the server is not in one place.
Can't you put it in there?
In other words, he was saying, you should enforce that
cornerstone principle of software engineering,
So, here I am, left thinking, just who was right and why
did I detect a conflict in two principles which supposedly
are supposed to go hand in hand?