Programming Zen…

September 21, 2016 jlion 0

One of my favorite books is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig. It’s about a lot of things, but mostly about quality, more specifically, “what is quality?” It’s not explicitly about software but it is about technology in a general sense. “Phaedrus”, the narrator of the novel, is a technical writer, and much of the …

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Where do bugs come from?

September 11, 2016 jlion 1

“Our Software Sucks”

I was once party to a contentious meeting. A senior executive made the statement that “our software sucks!”. When he said this, he was referring to all of the projects worked on by all of the developers at the company. And he was making this assessment on two points: First, that there were many bugs logged in …