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Craftsmanship

  • Joel Spolsky

Abstract

Making software is not a manufacturing process. In the 1980s everyone was running around terrified that Japanese software companies were setting up “software factories” that could churn out high-quality code on an assembly line. It didn’t make any sense then and it doesn’t make sense now. Shoving a lot of programmers into a room and lining them up in neat rows did not really help get the bug counts down.

Keywords

Assembly Line Software Factory Work Passing Extra Line Child Process 
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References

  1. 1.
    Rob Walker, “The Guts of a New Machine,” The New York Times,November 30, 2003, late edition—final, section 6, page 78, column 1.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    See www.fags.org/docs/artu/ch07s03.html#id2923889.
  3. 3.
    For more information on heisenbugs, see c2.com/cgi/like?HeisenBug.
  4. 4.
    See www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/BionicOffice.html.

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© Joel Spolsky 2004

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  • Joel Spolsky

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