[Beowulf] Stroustrup regarding multicore
smulcahy at aplpi.com
Wed Sep 3 07:31:31 PDT 2008
Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> How it is possible that people managed to read that much and hear
> exactly the inverse of my central thesis, I don't understand at
> all. Perhaps everyone just hears what they want to.
Sheesh, I resisted for a long time but ....
The scenario above pretty much sums up the situation I see with one of
the softer sides of software engineering - the requirements gathering,
which I'd see as fundamental to a successful (software, or indeed
general IT project). IMHO, the most important part of most projects is
figuring out what the heck the "stakeholder" wants in the first
place. No matter how good your programming is, if your requirements are
wrong - you're heading in the wrong direction entirely (a bit like
building a really neat spacecraft and then launching it towards Pluto
instead of Mars).
This is SoftwareAnalysisAndDesign at beowulf.org right?
 Am I the only one that can't help using that word and visualing a
Van Helsing type waving a wooden stake around? Whether the typical
project stakeholder is trying to drive the stake through the heart of
the project or the heart of nasties trying to drag the project down is
an exercise for the reader.
 Some of those with a background in directing spacecraft lurking on
this list may poke holes in my analogy by noting a trajectory to Pluto
would take you right my Mars which will really take from my point.
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