[LINK] Digital Ecosystem
swilson at lockstep.com.au
Tue Mar 3 13:57:13 EST 2009
Roger Clarke wrote:
> At 12:52 +1100 3/3/09, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> This term has popped up a few times, in my recent websurfing...have
>> we discussed it on link?
> The number of times general systems theory gets re-discovered and
> re-badged is remarkable.
> We'd get further, faster and better if the world would actually
> internalise its insights (under whichever name people like to use).
A closely related malaise is the entrenched re-inventing of wheels in
software development. Programmers generally have a widespread ignorance
of what has gone before. We'll never have a mature software engineering
profession until practitioners develop a deeper commitment to re-use,
and more respect for the historical corpus of knowledge. But writing
software is such irresistible fun that I fear it will remain stuck in a
sort of guild mode forever.
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