As usual, one of my favorite books
The Pragmatic Programmer
has some smart words to say about this. Check out "The Cat
Ate My Source Code" in Chapter 1, which provides the tip:
"Provide Options, Don't Make Lame Excuses." (There's also
a funny anecdote elsewhere in the book about a programmer
becoming convinced that the OS function select
must be broken, because his code, of course,
I find it important to remember from time to time
that my job involves building software for people,
and if person after person doesn't understand what
I'm doing or what I've produced then the problem is
more likely to be with me, not everyone else.
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