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It's not that these tasks are necessarily impossible, or even necessarily all that hard when you know what you are doing, just that they are bad first tasks,

We programmers are supposed to be intelligent, but somehow we seem to be easily focused on micro-details, to the point where we start to rant and fail to pay attention to the whole. There are some people who read car reviews and just want to know the horsepower. There are other people who read car reviews and want to know about the ergonomics, visibility, handling, ride, comfort, noise, features, reliability, fuel economy, etc...

There is nothing at the level of complexity of a programming environment that is devoid of trade-offs. There are going to be hundreds if not thousands of trade-offs, reoccurring many times over a long span of time, across many different people, in an ever varying environment of changing requirements. And yet, there are many things that are like "reviews" of programming languages where there is only a micro focus on a few features. They're like car reviews where they just quote 0-60 times and horsepower stats.

Relevant: https://xkcd.com/356/

(Is "Blub" best thought of as analogous to "Corolla?")




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