The thing was written in sand: Coding in Dune

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The thing was written in sand: Coding in Dune

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I’m a huge fan of the Dune books by Frank Herbert … even though Herbert’s legacy is being dragged throught the dirt by his son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson.

So it was trés cool to see one of Frank Herbert’s riffs on mentats adapted to code architects.

I can’t resist quoting:

Above all else, the [architect] must be a generalist, not a specialist. Experts and specialists lead you quickly into chaos. They are a source of useless nit-picking, the ferocious quibble over a comma. The [architect] on the other hand, should bring to decision-making a healthy common sense …

Well worth reading for literature and programming types both.


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