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Why We Should Build Software Like We Build Houses


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Architects draw detailed plans before a brick is laid or a nail is hammered. Programmers and software engineers don't. Can this be why houses seldom collapse and programs often crash?

Most programmers regard anything that doesn't generate code to be a waste of time. Thinking doesn't generate code, and writing code without thinking is a recipe for bad code. Before we start to write any piece of code, we should understand what that code is supposed to do. Understanding requires thinking, and thinking is hard.

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