Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Growing The Code

Kevin Barnes over at Code Craft has a cool posting comparing software development to gardening. I agree with him that it is a fantastic analogy!

It really rings true to me in a couple of fun ways:

  • Gardening cannot be done once and for ever. It takes constant work to keep it both healthy and tidy.

  • There is a big difference in both purpose and aesthetics within different gardens. Consider a typical traditional backyard garden vs. Noguchi Gardens. Or a small family farm vs. a large industrial combine. Each is in theory intended to fulfill a similar purpose, but does so in radically different ways.

  • Some people seem to have a knack for gardening, while others cannot help but kill even a hardy plant. And of course, the only way to tell if a gardener is any good, is to look at some gardens they have tended recently.

The problem with applying any real-world analogy to a virtual thing, is it will inevitably fall apart at some point. But this one is pretty sturdy at first glance.

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