Software and conventional engineering

“…the analogy to conventional engineering fails because the construction of an oil production platform is materially different from the production of a computer program. The detailed design specification of a program is its code; the actual building of the program is done automatically. One of the goals of almost all programming languages ever developed has been that the code shall be self-documenting. When we look upon it this way, 100% of all programmers do detailed design.”

“Why Programmers Don’t Use Methods And What We Can Do About It”, a column in ObjectEXPERT January 1997 by Trygve Reenskaug


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