• Subject: RE: IBM pushing Java
  • From: "Stone, Brad V (PP)" <bvstone@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 08:14:09 -0600

The term "brittle" in this sense makes complete sense!  I used to wonder why
some programmers would spend days on a small change, and i come to find out
it is because they feel that "if I change one thing it will break something
else."

This is a sure sign of:
1.  Poor design
2.  Band-aid after bandaid applied

Time for a re-write!  :)

Brad

> -----Original Message-----
> From: boothm@ibm.net [mailto:boothm@ibm.net]
> Sent: Saturday, March 20, 1999 11:07 AM
> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject: Re: IBM pushing Java
> 
> 
> I have a question along these lines:  I refer to much of the 
> old code that I see as being brittle.  I don't know exactly 
> why I started using that term but it does seem appropriate.  
> Touch something, and something breaks somewhere else.  change 
> a line of code and suddenly some whole section starts 
> behaving differently. 
> 
> Have others noticed this?  Does this word make sense to 
> others, or am I speaking badly?  It is important to me 
> because I feel we must constantly fight against this 
> brittleness or suddenly we have applications that are no 
> longer useful or repairable.  Its usually at this point that 
> I hear the "We need some PCs to do this" speech.
> 
> 
> In <199903200957_MC2-6EB2-7239@compuserve.com>, on 03/20/99 
>    at 09:56 AM, John Carr <74711.77@compuserve.com> said:
> 
> 
> >BTW,  With that management attitude,  How come you still 
> aren't useing 
> >RPGII ?    And I bet they are the same Management who complain about 
> >their applications are getting older.
> 
> >John Carr
> >EdgeTech
> 
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