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Best for the Job : Egoless Programming

In his book The Psychology of Computer Programming, Gerry Weinberg covers many topics, but the idea the book is most famous for is that of "Egoless Programming"?. The idea is that programmers must fight the natural tendency to treat their programs as part of themselves, and therefore to reject all criticism. Rather, they should do their best to treat their designs & implementations as objects independent of themselves, and to view criticism dispassionately on its merits.

The basis of the design in this web should be egoless. The criteria is, as PeterT says above, "the best for the job".

The Roman poet Horace put it well, if you'll pardon my loose translation: "If a better system is thine, impart it freely; if not make use of mine".

-- AntonAylward - 13 Oct 2004 (topic extracted by MartinCleaver from TemplateToolkit)

I'd like the same "best for the job" criteria applied to the use of CPAN modules. Sure, some of them are unsuitable for one reason or another (notably XS, or excess dependencies) but we're still duplicating (e.g. http://search.cpan.org/~kmeltz/Apache-Htpasswd-1.5.7/Htpasswd.pm is a duplicate of our User::HtPasswordUser class) and we are still not bundling.

-- MartinCleaver - 13 Oct 2004

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