On breaking things
Posted Dec 1, 2010 19:59 UTC (Wed) by mpr22
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It doesn't take long, observing humans, to realize that they will routinely and repeatedly put off doing anything about something that is not yet a clear, present, and immediate problem for them, especially if they can come up with a good reason why someone else should do it instead, and even people who are aware of this phenomenon are guilty of it.
Tell them "your program will break when version x.(y+1) comes out and removes x.y's transitional compatibility with x.(y-1)" and they'll say "ok, I'll fix it when x.(y+1) comes out", then go into a blind panic when x.(y+1) really does come out and really does break their program.
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