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The Fundamental Laws of Sofware Engineering: A Satirical Short Paper (arxiv.org)
6 points by pedrodelfino 40 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 1 comment



Best part:

"Take these two examples of desired universal laws of software engineering:

FU: every system, big and small, should have provisions that allow it to be FIXED and UPDATED either from within or outside the system proper;

CK: every system, big and small, should have provisions that allow it to acquire and make use of CONTEXTUAL KNOWLEDGEto decide whether it is functioning properly or not.

The combination of the two laws gives us the FUCK property: A system that obeys both the FU and CK laws can verify the conditions of its operating environment and decide whether its actions are coherent or not with the current context of that environment.

Furthermore, if it decides they are not, the system can fix itself, ask for an external fix or be fixed, forcibly, by some sort of external agent.Think cells and cellular systems. They are obviously a FUCK system"




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