Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Articel on the Joys of Maintenance Programming

There is a lot of resonance in this article.  I find the concept of Joy in programming very fulfilling.  I like getting a project to the point where its functioning and moving more into the maintenance phase.  At this point the reward for finding and fixing a bug is much bigger and more specific than for solving a problem during the initial development. During development, usually its just you who experiences the pain of a bug and the rush of the solution; during production there is a much bigger payoff for solving a specific bounded bug that has direct and measurable impact on a whole group of people.  The payoff is multiplied.

Maintenance if the art of keeping a fine polish on a system, rather than hammering in the foundations that no one ever sees.

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