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Re: OT: Why is C so popular?

on Fri, Aug 29, 2003 at 01:18:57AM +0100, Colin Watson (cjwatson@debian.org) wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 28, 2003 at 01:08:56PM -0700, Mark Ferlatte wrote:
> > Ron Johnson said on Thu, Aug 28, 2003 at 02:16:22PM -0500:
> > > With tight budgets and tight schedules, I've *never* seen a project
> > > rewritten.
> >  
> > Rewriting from scratch is dangerous anyway; you exchange all of the
> > bugs you know about for a whole new set of bugs which you haven't
> > discovered yet. Better to improve what you've got.  This can result in
> > a totally different codebase after a while, but at least you have been
> > able to test and release along the way.
> Amen, brother. I spend a fair bit of my time in Debian trying to stop
> people from rewriting things and getting them to fix existing code
> instead. It's an uphill struggle: for some people rewriting from scratch
> seems to be much sexier.

Literally, at times.

One of Bdale's stories is of a Brazillian project to produce a distro
(forget which), where a primary objective was not only "to impress the
girls", but was met ;-)

_Brazillian_ girls at that.

Add that to your ABM arsenal ;-)


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