Missing the big picture

A few things that I have been reading lately (Beowulf’s blog, Never Wrestle With a Pig and MJD’s Conference Presentation Judo) have made me think about just how critical programmers can be. I’m considering submitting a proposal for a talk at one of the Perl conferences which sounds like a good idea but means having to talk to a room full of programmers. Programmers – the type of people who go to see a great presentation and it’s spoilt by one or two typos on a slide, the type of people who are willing to discard everything you’ve said because they don’t like the way you indented your code, the type of people who allow the smallest of trivial details to distract them and are first to point out why something isn’t exactly correct. How can I be sure of this? Because I’m a programmer.

One Response to “Missing the big picture”

  1. russell Says:

    Perhaps they’ve got the mindset of syntax errors causing everything to be broken… I agree with you that it’s annoying, but I don’t know many who’d go as far as you’ve mentioned.

    I don’t think it’s confined to CS people – many scientific/techy people seem to be this way.

Work Smarter Not Harder

I was reading an article in Dr Dobb’s Journal on the way to work this morning about Tiny Perl Server Pages. I have never heard of Tiny Perl Server Pages before and I couldn’t understand why everything in the article seemed to be familiar. I was about half-way through this when I realised why it didn’t seem new: we have implemented a system that works in an similar way to this one.

It made me wonder if all across the world companies that use Perl for building web based applications are all busy writing the same thing.