Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Small Boy Mentality

There's an old saying:

To a small boy with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

As programmers, we call into the same trap all too often.

We learn about some new technology or solution, and we immediately begin seeing places to apply it.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


  Several of the mechanisms described in this set of
documents may seem somewhat strange or even baroque at first reading.
It is important to note that compatibility with existing standards
AND robustness across existing practice were two of the highest
priorities of the working group that developed this set of documents.
In particular, compatibility was always favored over elegance.

--RFC 2045

learn from history!!!!