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This is the "my lawn needs more water and my wife disagrees" edition of Programming Quotables.

If you don't know - I don't like to have too many microposts on this blog (I'm on twitter for that), so I save them up as I run across them, and every once in a while I'll post a few of them. The idea is to post quotes about programming that have one or more of the following attributes:
  1. I find funny
  2. I find asinine
  3. I find insightfully true
  4. And stand on their own, with little to no comment needed
It's up to you decide which category they fall in, if you care to. Anyway, here we go:

"Is it still Scrum if we use a kanban board instead of a burndown?"

"Is it still XP if we don't break things down into tasks but just use stories?"

Who the hell cares???

If we hope to excite people with the power of programming, we will do it with big ideas, not the placement of periods, spaces, keywords, and braces. We need to find ways so that students can solve problems and write programs by understanding the ideas behind them, using tools that get in the way as little as possible. No junk allowed. That may be through simpler languages, better libraries, or something else that I haven't learned about yet.

It's entirely possible that there's a detente to be reached between the copyists and the copyright holders: a set of rules that only try to encompass "culture" and not "industry." But the only way to bring copyists to the table is to stop insisting that all unauthorized copying is theft and a crime and wrong. People who know that copying is simple, good, and beneficial hear that and assume that you're either talking nonsense or that you're talking about someone else.


Your comments, as always, are welcome.

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