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Fri, 14 May 2004

This is an archived blog post. I've switched to using WordPress as my blogging software and have not migrated all my old posts. I believe strongly in not letting an old link die, so this page continues to work. Please do visit mikemason.ca/blog to read newer posts.

Separated at Birth?

Developer, in response to customer request: *whistles through teeth* Well, it’s gonna cost you. I mean, for starters, your persistence layer is pretty shonky. It might have started out okay but it’s really not designed for the needs of the modern application. I can take it out and show you if you want. See that there? Inflexible design, can’t handle what we want it to do. Who sold you this? Cowboys, man, give us a bad name. You want to search this? Yeah, well it’ll work but performance isn’t really what you’re gonna be looking for. We need to take this whole component out and replace it. The parts themselves aren’t that expensive, but it’s the labour cost that’ll hit you – gotta get right in there and take everything apart. Well sure, I could just fix it up for now, but the next major service you’re gonna be looking at some major repair costs…

Developers and car mechanics, not quite as different as you might think…

p.s. Blogging from PowerBook. Yes, it really is that lovely. You know you want one…

Posted 06:41, 14 May 2004.  

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