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The Parable of the Two Programmers

A colleague of mine dug this out of the some dusty corner of the web.

The Parable of the two Programmers
Neil W. Rickert
Dept. of Math, Stat., and Computer Science,
University of Illinois at Chicago.

Once upon a time, unbeknownst to each other, the “Automated Accounting
Applications Association” and the “Consolidated Computerized Capital Corpora-
tion” decided that they needed the identical program to perform a certain ser-

Automated hired a programmer-analyst, Alan, to solve their problem.

Meanwhile, Consolidated decided to ask a newly hired entry-level program-
mer, Charles, to tackle the job, to see if he was as good as he pretended.

Alan, having had experience in difficult programming projects, decided to
use the PQR structured design methodology. With this in mind he asked his
department manager to assign another three programmers as a programming team.
Then the team went to work, churning out preliminary reports and problem ana-

Back at Consolidated, Charles spent some time thinking about the problem.
His fellow employees noticed that Charles often sat with his feet on the desk,
drinking coffee. He was occasionally seen at his computer terminal, but his
office mate could tell from the rhythmic striking of keys that he was actually
playing Space Invaders.

Read the rest of the story here…

Categories: funny
  1. June 15, 2016 at 6:59 am

    this goes far beyond just programming. im afraid this parable has too many examples in real life.

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