Re: [ljc] Programmer Anarchy

From: Abraham Marín P.
Sent on: Saturday, December 29, 2012 9:36 PM
Hi all,

To be fair, I think the "negative" connotation of the word is even intended. The technique seems to be most suitable to code that won't be used for very long, hence the lack of maintenance or tests. I think it's a bit of a marketing / branding campaign to tackle a couple of issues that sometimes appear together with applications that are meant to be short-lived:

1. They are meant to be delivered quickly and cheap, but because they still have the typical hierarchy they have similar costs to not al development.
2. They are mean to be short-lived and typically replaced by some other "professionally"developed tool, but since the application works and there is good support on it the replacement is remorselessly delayed at every eventuality and the short-lived becomes long-lived (and a pain).

By developing it deliberately under anarchy (negative sense intended) to remove all the overhead of 1. and avoid temptation to do 2.  

Abraham

On Thursday, December 27, 2012, Karl Bennett wrote:
Russell has expressed, way better than I could, exactly what I was going to say.

It seems this has turned into an argument about how people perceive a word and unfortunately this is a word, "Anarchy", that I would say (with no proof what so ever) most people consider to be very negative. This would then cause them to instantly have a negative feeling towards this new management paradigm.

Lets take a nice contrived parallel example, what if there was a new paradigm called "Programer Socialism". I would think that something with that name would be accepted quite positively in the majority of development teams throughout the world. Except of course in the U.S where it would produce quite a different reaction :)


On 27 December[masked]:56, Russel Winder <[address removed]> wrote:
On Mon,[masked] at 10:39 -0500, @sleepyfox wrote:
> With the greatest of respect Trish, if we apply your logic then we
> shouldn't be using the term 'Agile' anymore, or any computing term
> which is also a dictionary word but that has different shades of
> meaning (or wholly different meaning) when used in context of
> computing.

Consider "concurrency", the computing meaning is extremely different to
the real world meaning.

> "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it
> has taken place." -- George Bernard Shaw

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, "it
means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less." (Through
the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll)

Or put another way a language is determined by common usage, the tyranny
of the masses ;-)

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