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Dreamsongs.com: Mob Software: The Erotic Life of Code

Aug 16, 2001, 09:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard P. Gabriel, Ron Goldman)

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"...we have clung to fads: structured and object-oriented programming, UML, software patterns, and eXtreme Programming. We grasp for mathematics or engineering to come to our rescue-perhaps even the law: By requiring licenses for our developers maybe we can force improvement in software making.

It just won't happen-it's like those rockets: We simply do not know how to get massive software off the ground without crashing and endless fiddling. But we don't accept that.

The way out of this predicament is this simple: Set up a fairly clear architectural direction, produce a decent first cut at some of the functionality, let loose the source code, and then turn it over to a mob."

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