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MORE JOEL ON SOFTWARE: Further Thoughts on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity by Joel Spolsky

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nineteenWHERE THERE'S MUCK,THERE'S BRASS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007

When I was a kid working in the bread factory, my nemesis was dough. It was sticky and hard to remove and got everywhere. I got home with specks of dough in my hair. Every shift included a couple of hours of scraping dough off of machinery. I carried dough-scrapers in my back pocket. Sometimes a huge lump of dough would go flying someplace where it shouldn't and gum up everything. I had dough nightmares.

I worked in the production side of the factory. The other side did packing and shipping. Their nemesis was crumbs. Crumbs got everywhere. The shipping crew went home with crumbs in their hair. Every shift included a couple of hours of brushing crumbs out of machinery. They carried ...

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