The Complexity And Tedium of Software Engineering

MRAB python at
Fri Jun 5 09:38:11 EDT 2009

John Thingstad wrote:
> På Fri, 05 Jun 2009 08:07:39 +0200, skrev Xah Lee <xahlee at>:
>> On Jun 3, 11:50 pm, Xah Lee <xah... at> wrote:
>> The point in these short examples is not about software bugs or
>> problems. It illustrates, how seemingly trivial problems, such as
>> networking, transferring files, running a app on Mac or Windwos,
>> upgrading a app, often involves a lot subtle complexities. For mom and
>> pop users, it simply stop them dead. For a senior industrial
>> programer, it means some conceptually 10-minutes task often ends up in
>> hours of tedium.
> What on earth gave you the idea that this is a trivial problem?
> Networks have been researched and improved for the last 40 years!
> It is a marvel of modern engineering that they work as well as they do.
The actual phrase was "/seemingly/ trivial problems", ie it /looks/
simple at first glance.

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