Monthly Archives: November 2012

“I am a terrible programmer”

That provocative title from Dan Shipper:

Part of me is thinking: in some ways, you were a terrible programmer
Other part is, well … it’s worked perfectly for the last 20 months and I’ve never had to touch it.

Like most things in life, the answer to what a good coder is, is somewhere in between the guy who wants to get it out fast and the guy who wants to make it beautiful.

His post-script is also a profound trueism in software:

P.S. In my defense, the find_art.js file that Scott was referencing was supposed to be a prototype. They weren’t sure if people would actually use the feature and wanted to test it. It ended up being so popular that they left it in!