Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Code Doesn't Matter

Saw an interesting artice today that presents Linus Torvalds' views on software development. One that resonates with me: the code doesn't matter.

The other thing ... that people seem to get wrong is to think that the code they write is what matters.
No, even if you wrote 100% of the code, and even if you are the best programmer in the world and will never need any help with the project at all, the thing that really matters is the users of the code. The code itself is unimportant; the project is only as useful as people actually find it.
Way too many projects seem to think that the code is more important than the user, and they break things left and right, and they don't apologize for it, because they feel that they are ‘fixing’ the code and doing the right thing.

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