How far can stack [LIFO] solve do automatic garbage collection and prevent memory leak ?

John Passaniti john.passaniti at
Thu Aug 26 01:01:07 CEST 2010

On Aug 25, 5:01 pm, Joshua Maurice <joshuamaur... at> wrote:
> I agree. Sadly, with managers, especially non-technical
> managers, it's hard to make this case when the weasel
> guy says "See! It's working.".

Actually, it's not that hard.  The key to communicating the true cost
of software development to non-technical managers (and even some
technical ones!) is to express the cost in terms of a metaphor they
can understand.  Non-technical managers may not understand the
technology or details of software development, but they can probably
understand money.  So finding a metaphor along those lines can help
them to understand.

I've found that explaining the need to improve design and code quality
in terms of a debt metaphor usually helps non-technical managers have
a very real, very concrete understanding of the problem.  For example,
telling a non-technical manager that a piece of code is poorly written
and needs to be refactored may not resonate with them.  To them, the
code "works" and isn't that the only thing that matters?  But put in
terms of a debt metaphor, it becomes easier for them to see the

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