Subject: Re: becoming a better programmer
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 20 Sep 2002 21:48:54 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.c++,comp.lang.lisp,,comp.lang.perl.misc
Message-ID: <>

* Raymond Wiker
| Write once, run anywhere is a proven failure in other areas.

  All software written to a standard specification is portable to conforming
  translators and execution environments.  Has this been a failure more often
  than not?  Have most American or International standards failed?  I believe
  otherwise.  What we have is a number of reasons that things have failed that
  are fairly unrelated to the specification.  I have a hunch you were satisfied
  with observations that supported a simple conclusion rather than looking
  carefully at more reasons things failed.

| Is there any reason to think that the situation will be different on mobile
| equipment?

  Is there any reason to believe the situation will be the /same/ as the long
  list of failures you think are important enough to overshadow this project?
  And how long is that list, anyway?

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.