Just when I’m about to give up on Joel he hits one out of the park

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/DevelopmentAbstraction.html


Nice, and timely.

About Jeremy Miller

Jeremy is the Chief Software Architect at Dovetail Software, the coolest ISV in Austin. Jeremy began his IT career writing "Shadow IT" applications to automate his engineering documentation, then wandered into software development because it looked like more fun. Jeremy is the author of the open source StructureMap tool for Dependency Injection with .Net, StoryTeller for supercharged acceptance testing in .Net, and one of the principal developers behind FubuMVC. Jeremy's thoughts on all things software can be found at The Shade Tree Developer at http://codebetter.com/jeremymiller.
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  • http://www.dotnettricks.com/ Fregas

    Joel is smoking crack.

    I don’t know where these wonderful companies are that are going to give me my own office, massage chairs and super powered computers. I don’t know where the managers are that think I deserve or will even work better if I have those things. My job has often included multi-tasking (from building machines to giving tech support to an end user.) I’m more specialized than I was, but even now my direct supervisor who still writes code also has to play server admin even though we have a full operations department.

    I am a brick layer. I am a cog in the system. I may be a smart brick layer or a smart cog, but i’m not the center of the universe. Of course, I don’t work for a software company. Software is merely a necessary evil, an expense for the companys’ real product. But even when I did work for a software company, developers were just grunts.

    OF COURSE, programmers would say this is how it should be. But are any non-programmers really listening?

    Joel, I’m sure your pipe dream is a beautiful place, but I don’t think I’ll ever get to live there or even visit.

  • http://haacked.com/ Haacked

    Funny, that’s pretty much what I said. He really nails it this time. Makes up for anything else he’s ever said. ;)

  • http://dotnetjunkies.com/weblog/johnwood johnwood

    Yeah that’s an excellent article. Very few companies get it right, but when they do they’ve got their programmers for life. Of course there can be a bit of a downside… firstly you do need good management to understand programmers AND customer requirements, quite a rare breed, and also the programmers can end up feeling so empowered in their little bubble that they become arrogant and self righteous – a little more than a glimmer of this can be seen at microsoft.