Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th May 2014 21:06 UTC, submitted by KLU9
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Every programmer occasionally, when nobody's home, turns off the lights, pours a glass of scotch, puts on some light German electronica, and opens up a file on their computer. It's a different file for every programmer. Sometimes they wrote it, sometimes they found it and knew they had to save it. They read over the lines, and weep at their beauty, then the tears turn bitter as they remember the rest of the files and the inevitable collapse of all that is good and true in the world.

This file is Good Code.

StillDrinking writes on the torment of being a programmer.

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RE[2]: Perfect vs good
by MyNameIsNotImportant on Tue 6th May 2014 04:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Perfect vs good"
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"Good enough is good enough" isn't supposed to be my message. Trying to get it just perfect can make you obsessive(which is a kind of insanity) or prevent you from getting anything done at all. I'd rather know that there's a cure for AIDS with side effects that's very expensive and only working 50% of the time and have it NOW, than having no cure at all available because a government agency won't approve it because of the negative side effects. You always have to begin somewhere, and that's usually anything but perfect. (Think about the first car, or the first plane, or the first anything) Will you never workout, just because you'll probably never get to an olympic level? Does your girl friend have to look like a top model, or can you be glad that you have a girlfriend in the first place?

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