Joel On Software quote

Christopher Hicks chicks at
Mon Sep 13 14:14:39 UTC 2004

On Fri, 10 Sep 2004, Gervase Markham wrote:
> J. Paul Reed wrote:
>> Am I the only one who finds it amusing that you selectively (and
>> appropriately) quoted the relevant material?
>> You know... so you could respond to it and we'd know what the hell you're
>> talking about?
> But email is a different medium to bugs. In bugs, all the comments are there 
> in order. In email, the email a person is replying to could be just above it, 
> 50 messages above it, filed in another folder or deleted.

Yes, but think about a BZ comment that had 20 different minor tweaks that 
needed to be made to the software.  I find it much easier to read the 
developers response if its interlaced with the 20 points from the end user 
rather than reading something like "As relates to comment 12 item 3, done. 
As relates to comment 12 item 4, will be done.  As relates to comment 12 
item 5, can you clarify whether you want upright widgets or upside down 


There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make 
it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other way 
is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.
  -- C.A.R. Hoare

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