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Why Software is So Bad

, from Technology Review. An interesting read that makes the case that unlike other engineering disciplines, the quality of software is regressing over time. Here's why:
"If a bridge survives a 500-kilogram weight and a 50,000-kilogram weight, Pfleeger notes, engineers can assume that it will bear all the values between. With software we can’t make those assumptions—we can’t interpolate."

Systems have gotten more complex, and since CPU and disk space is cheap, programmers have gotten lazily inefficient, resulting in poor quality code being written--to the tune of "100 to 150 errors in every thousand lines of code".

Definitely a worthwhile read.

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