As I said in my e-mail, I am probably a bit precious on the subject of
'individuality', and you are quite right in the importance of being able to
do the job in a 'professional manner'.  However, if this job ever reaches
the point where I am simply filling in the code no differently than the guy
next to me, I'll chuck it in, as it will have lost its allure to me.

Perhaps I'm just too set in my ways to acknowledge this is now a mass
production industry, requiring standardisation and interchanagability,
rather than the "we're all learning this as we go, so there's no rules"
industry back when I started 21 years ago.

                    "Leif Svalgaard"
                    <leif@attglobal.net        To:     <midrange-l@midrange.com>
                    >                          cc:
                    Sent by:                   Subject:     Re: Two persons per 

                    10/12/01 16:49
                    Please respond to

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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