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  • Blog Post: Cargo Cultism, Part Four: Other Disciplines

    Just a couple quick follow-ups. Mike Spille has some good comments tying the relationship between cargo cult programmers and abstraction layers together. Mike Gunderloy wonders if I've ever read Steve “Code Complete“ McConnell's Cargo Cult Software Engineering essay...
  • Blog Post: Cargo Cultists, Part Three: Is Mort A Cargo Cultist?

    My colleague Mike , in a comment in yesterday's entry , mentions "Mort". Who is this Mort guy? At Microsoft, we do a lot of market research, and frequently discover that large segments of our customers have characteristics in common. It's a lot easier to talk about these customer segments...
  • Blog Post: Cargo Cultists, Part Two

    Thanks all for your kind words and cogent thoughts on yesterday's post. I'd like to sum up some of the wisdom in the comments: My advice for novice programmers was Don't be a cargo cultist -- understand the meaning and purpose of every line of code before you try to change it...
  • Blog Post: Syntax, Semantics, Micronesian cults and Novice Programmers

    I've had this idea in me for a long time now that I've been struggling with getting out into the blog space. It has to do with the future of programming, declarative languages, Microsoft's language and tools strategy, pedagogic factors for novice and experienced programmers, and a bunch of other stuff...
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