The coders' quotation quandary

By Grant Jacobs 31/10/2011 6

Seen on twitter:

Coders are special. ’We are expected to know how to do things we’ve never done before and estimate how long they will take.’

Offered to readers with no comment.

6 Responses to “The coders' quotation quandary”

  • And when you screw up the estimate you made on the thing you have ever done before everybody acts surprised.

  • Ben,

    I take that to be ‘no comment’ :-)

    FWIW, I’m not questioning people’s ability to offer quotations, or saying that this is unique to programmers (it’s not); I just liked the pop-psychology thought that people are asking for a quotation of something that the person hasn’t done before.

  • T’was rather me forgetting that angle brackets often don’t work when commenting on blogs. And attempting to nod thoughtfully in general agreement.

  • Here is my favorite coding quotation:

    Why do we never have time to do it right, but always have time to do it over?

    I have seen this scenario play out many times over the years. Users, management or clients want the job rushed and then it has to be fixed later on.


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