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Re^2: Programming is more like:

by swampyankee (Parson)
on Sep 18, 2008 at 20:26 UTC ( #712379=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Programming is more like:
in thread Programming is more like:

of course, programmers are much less likely to lose fingers due to misuse of their tools than are carpenters....


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Re^3: Programming is more like:
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Sep 18, 2008 at 21:26 UTC

    True, but maybe that's a double edged sword (or perhaps no edged is a better analogy :).

    People with no aptitude for carpentry tend to have a few minor but painful slips early on which convince them that some things are better left to those with a greater aptitude.

    Unfortunately, incompetence in programming does always effect such a change in attitudes.

    That's not to say that programming tools can't be abused. From people using Word as a program editor; to programming editors that evolve to be close to stand alone operating systems; text macro libraries that are so entirely opaque as to defy understanding; to make files so complex that they start to exhibit signs of Heisenberg Uncertainty; to 'simple' configuration mechanisms wrapped up in unfathomably deep OO hierarchies. The list goes on.


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