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From: Richard Brooksby <richard@harlequin.co.uk>
To: byron@netapp.com (Byron Rakitzis)
Cc: rc@hawkwind.utcs.toronto.edu, schwartz@cse.psu.edu
Subject: Conceptual Integrity (Re: Update for Debian shells/rc-1.4-2)
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 1997 10:22:03 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <v03010d07af41ed4dde0c@[]> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <9703031909.AA28293@nova.netapp.com>

Byron Rakitzis wrote:

> That being said, I don't want to see rc unravel because of lack of
> maintenance, and I would like to try to put together the fixes from the
> last while and officially release it, so it gets picked up by the GNU
> distrib and so on.

  I am more convinced than ever. Conceptual integrity is central to
  product quality.  Having a system architect is the most important single
  step toward conceptual integrity...  After teaching a software
  engineering laboratory more than 20 times, I came to insist that student
  teams as small as four people choose a manager, and a separate
    -- Fred Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month (20th Anniversary Edition), 1995

Imo, someone needs to be in charge of rc, so that it doesn't get randomly
hacked on by all and sundry.  Letting it fly free with the other GNU tools
is almost a guarantee of loss of conceptual integrity.  As a long time user
of rc I appreciate its quality, and would like to see quality maintained.

Just voicing my concern.

Richard Brooksby <richard@harlequin.co.uk>
Leader, Manager, and Developer / Memory Management / Harlequin
Tel. Int. +44 1954 785451 (voice)  +44 1954 785444 (fax)

  parent reply	other threads:[~1997-03-04 15:21 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
1997-03-03 19:09 Update for Debian shells/rc-1.4-2 Byron Rakitzis
1997-03-04  3:34 ` David Luyer
1997-03-04  3:51   ` Soren Dayton
1997-03-04 15:22 ` Richard Brooksby [this message]
1997-03-04 17:33 ` Peter Koch
1997-03-04 19:08   ` Scott Schwartz
1997-03-04 16:57 Conceptual Integrity (Re: Update for Debian shells/rc-1.4-2) Byron Rakitzis

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