You Are Either Over- or Under-Estimating the Importance of Software Quality
Matt Massicotte
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In general I agree there is a balance somewhere, but I don’t think the average software producer (meaning a collective of programmers and product folks) strikes it well. It’s easy to look at a toy app I have and think “eh, that bug isn’t a huge deal.” It’s slightly less easy to look at a bug my company has just shipped to production and think the same thing, but it still happens all the time because of “prioritization.” Every time we kick a quality can down the road, we extend a frontier for new generations of programmers, from which returning is very difficult or impossible, and then we wind up debating why using over 1/10 of a CPU’s idle time to render a blinking cursor maybe isn’t so bad: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13940014

It could be that I’m biased.

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