From: Brad Jensen <brad@elstore.com>

Brad and Steve (and the many others that will jump on this
over the next few hours), I have heard all these arguments
before (pride of ownership, creativeness, etc) and they are
*precisely* what is wrong with our "profession". I'll compare
(some will say that I can't) programming a large system as
akin to producing the engineering blueprints of a major
building. In order that the blueprints be understandable
and hence useful now and 20 years from now, there is
very little room for "creativity" and "personal style". If
the original creator of a portion of the blueprint leaves
the project another engineer can and should be able
to complete the piece without having to start from
scratch. The pride in your work comes not from being
original but from executing your job in a professional
manner. This argument can go on and on and on.




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