Kamp: A Generation Lost in the Bazaar
Posted Aug 21, 2012 16:18 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: Kamp: A Generation Lost in the Bazaar
Parent article: Kamp: A Generation Lost in the Bazaar
The real smart ones will settle for "worse is better," and "Doing one thing well [enough]." And those who do will not be stuck in a quagmire of runtime engines and debuggers. They are the ones who will actually get their tasks done and their legacy will be a handful of scripts that are still used years after their authors' deaths.
You mean things like TeX? Sorry to disappoint you but it was on fast-track to extinction and oblivion before it's descendant embraced "feature creep" approach which may be, just may be, will give a new lease of life.
*Not* dead and buried. Those of you who wish to write massive bloatware and spend the rest of your lives debugging, have fun.
You may spend the rest of lives doing mostly pointless work of writing massive bloatware and debugging it or you can spend your time and write handful of scripts that are still used [many] years after their authors' deaths where many will be equal to two, or, if you are lucky, for ten.
I try to keep scripts intended for my own consumption as small and simple as possible because they are not the point (the result of their work is), but if you want to write some program for someone else then you only have two sensible choices:
- Write massive bloatware and hope that it'll be useful in the future.
- Write lean and mean system which will not be useful with almost 100% certainity.
Choice is yours, but I'm not sure why you think second outcome is preferable.
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