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Goofy analogy

Goofy analogy

Posted Sep 14, 2006 13:31 UTC (Thu) by NRArnot (subscriber, #3033)
In reply to: Goofy analogy by autarch
Parent article: Where have all the reviewers gone?

In another way it's a good analogy. I can't compose music like Chopin, but I can notice that a note in the sheet music is a wrong one. When I did, comparison with another edition revealed that it was a copyist's error, but composers' manuscripts themselves often show plenty of corrections. Being a great composer doesn't always mean an unerring ability to write down every note as intended first time.

And programming is exactly like that. A mere student can spot a bug that an experienced programmer will miss, because the experienced programmer knows what the code ought to be doing without studying the fine detail, and the student does not.

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