Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Programmers as Children

I’m reading a book called Introducing Microsoft .NET.

In the very first chapter, the author starts comparing programmers to alcoholics. He says we are unable to follow good programming practices like unit tests, or documenting our code. We programmers, he insists, are so lazy and undiciplined that we cannot even keep ourselves from wasting four hours a day playing Solitaire on our computers during work hours (pg. 5).

As a solution, he proposes we programmers need to do what people in recovery do, basically follow a “two step” program:

  • Admit we are powerless to manage our lives.
  • Believe a greater power than ourselves can restore us to sanity.


Anyone want to guess who he thinks this “greater power” is? Who is the only one who can save lazy, undiciplined programmers? Why, it’s our old friend Microsoft. Microsoft is now our god, according to David S. Platt. Wise benevolent Microsoft and their only begotten son, .Net, has come to redeem us and make us whole, productive citizens again.

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