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RE: Unix philosophy under the gun?

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: RE: Unix philosophy under the gun?
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2001 14:52:45 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Friday, August 3, 2001 at 00:22:44 (-0400), Ralph Mack wrote: ]
> Subject: RE: Unix philosophy under the gun?
> Most of the developers that I know who take this approach are 
> the kind who are rabid about their craft and pack an Automake manual 
> in their baggage for a beach trip. The developers who write solid 
> code from 8-5 and then go home to immerse themselves in their families, 
> forgetting they know anything about programming until they get to work 
> in the morning, simply don't have time or the interest. 

I don't know where you get those ideas, but they are very fundamentally

All programmers are tool smiths -- whether they buid tools for
themselves or not.

However every programmer should not only know how to build tools for
themselves, but they should do it regularly as part of their 9-5
programming job.

Software tools are not magic things.  Everyone builds and uses tools --
we are (I think) all humans here.

Now programmers who build programming tools explicitly for other
programmers to use might be a bit "rabid" as you say -- it does take a
certain outlook, agility, and most importantly a thick skin too!

> The do-it-yourself philosophy common to Unix only works if software 
> is your life, not just your job, and if your job affords you time 
> to do something that doesn't directly drive aggressive delivery plans 
> forward.

That's so totally wrong I don't even know where to begin!  ;-)

                                                        Greg A. Woods

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