Subject: Re: Newbie questions [Followup to comp.lang.lisp]
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/05/06
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* (Joshua Scholar)
| Welcome to the real world.  The only time I've ever seen an office where
| the programmers had all the time they needed for designing, documenting,
| debugging and other 'engineering' process tasks was in a government job.

  I love it when people think theirs is the only corner of the world that
  is worthy of the trademark Real World.  one usually doesn't need any more
  evidence to discard people than that.

  I have had the opportunity to do everything I have wanted to do for my
  client, and have been able to spend all the time I have wanted on what I
  think is important to the end goal: that I shall be able to leave the
  project and it shall continue to be operational for a long time to come.
  only when my management has decided on some particular deadline for some
  particular feature has this idyllic image been disturbed.  this is not a
  government project -- it's a financial news agency's distribution system,
  where we care more about accuracy and fault tolerance than anything else.