[Gambas-user] Migrating to Gambas
adamnt42 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 9 14:17:07 CEST 2021
On 9/6/21 6:04 pm, Christof Thalhofer wrote:
> Am 09.06.21 um 01:58 schrieb Bruce:
>> 3) Start from scratch.
> Why this is the worst idea ever:
> Alles Gute
> Christof Thalhofer
Ouch! That hurt, he is one of my favorite commenters.
But then I got just a little over halfway down the article. "The idea
that new code is better than old is patently absurd. Old code has been
used. It has been tested."
Oh really? Not to my knowledge. Tested, hah! (And I did spend over 10
years as a software tester. Let me tell you this little "fact". In that
time the project budgets were around 50% management, 35% marketing, 14%
programming, 0.8% thinking and 0.2% testing. I kid you not. I used to
secure lots of contracts with questions along the lines of "So, you are
spending $15million on this mission critical project and you want to
keep the testing budget under $15000? Fairly confident of your future
career then are you?"
"Lots of bugs have been found, and they’ve been fixed. There’s nothing
wrong with it"
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Then we had better do nothing then eh, just
in case something bigger than "lots" wasn't "found" and didn't get
"fixed". "There's nothing wrong with it" is a line Typhoid Mary used at
"It doesn’t acquire bugs just by sitting around on your hard drive. Au
contraire, baby! Is software supposed to be like an old Dodge Dart, that
rusts just sitting in the garage? Is software like a teddy bear that’s
kind of gross if it’s not made out of all new material?"
Oh really? Then we had better do nothing then.
In short, I guess GWBasic is what we should all be using then. I mean
there was a not bad game of "Pong" around.
So I will repeat the question, why is this industry so psychologically
dependent on trying to turn something that does not work into something
else that probably wont work because they insist on re-using poorly
engineered code with myriads of known and yet to be discovered faults
that has been hacked at by a large farmyard full of script chickens
until a commercial decision is taken along the lines of "Hey you, yes
you, the IT guy in the corridor there! I want you to take all this COBOL
code and turn it into this new-fangled Y2K stuff I have been hearing
about from all the other equally incompetent middle managers here. You
have two weeks and a budget that includes 2 new pencils. Also, don't
bother testing it because Y2K happened 22 years ago. Can't spend too
much time discussing it further because I'm off to lunch with the MD."
Hmmm. Perhaps I just answered my own question. Someone once said "Those
who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it". (It wasn't Henry
Ford by the way.)
p.s. Why did Benoit write Gambas in the first place? Why didn't he just,
ahem, "migrate" VB to Linux? Hmmmmmmm .......................
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