What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks

Posted by bob on Dec 21, 2012 9:28 AM EDT
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Bodged code, strapped-on patches, beellion dollar screw-ups... and that's the good stuff There’s a kind of cognitive dissonance in most people who’ve moved from the academic study of computer science to a job as a real-world software developer. The conflict lies in the fact that, whereas nearly every sample program in every textbook is a perfect and well-thought-out specimen, virtually no software out in the wild is, and this is rarely acknowledged.…

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