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A toilet that doesn't flush correctly isn't a reason to complain if you're a plumber; it's your raison d'etre. And, although many don't want to recognize it, a good number of software developers are modern day plumbers.

For many developers, imperfect code, which is often more likely to be result of circumstances beyond the control of the person who wrote it than downright incompetence, is the gift that keeps on giving. If business and functional requirements were always well-defined and never evolved, clients/business stakeholders completely sane, deadlines realistic, resources plentiful and "scope creep" a rare phenomenon, a lot of software developers would be unemployed, and employed ones would be more frequently undervalued.




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