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Levi Pearson levi at cold.org
Wed Sep 26 13:03:34 MDT 2007


"Sasha Pachev" <sasha at asksasha.com> writes:
> In my experience, the axioms are never completely true in the real
> world. I have had the following discussion with a client on a numerous
> occasions:
>
> for (i = 0; i < 20; i++)
> {
>   Client: I want feature X
>   Me: I cannot get it done within a reasonable time.
> }
>
> Finally, I get tired of this and start probing the client with
> questions. Why do you want this? Is this assumption correct? What
> about this one? Will the following work?
>
> Then I realize my axioms of the real world were wrong. The problem the
> way I understood it was indeed unsolvable within the given
> constraints. However, time and again I would find a way to give my
> client what he wanted with less than 50 extra lines of code.

This is all true, but you were not in this case acting as a computer
scientist declaring something impossible.  You were a programmer and a
businessman declaring something infeasible.  No axioms (of the sort I
was talking about, at least) were involved.

                --Levi



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