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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual by John Z. Sonmez

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Chapter 18. Don’t get religious about technology

I don’t know if you’re a religious person or not. Regardless of which side you fall on, I’m sure you can agree with me that many of the most bloody and grim wars in history were fought, to some degree, over religion.

I don’t say this to knock religion or to in some way suggest that religion itself is inherently good or bad, but to make you acutely aware of the fact that adherence to dogmatic beliefs tends to be quite inflammatory.

The same is true about software development. Religious beliefs about software development and technology tend to be just as inflammatory as religious beliefs about the origin of life or the existence of a supreme deity. Although we typically don’t kill people because ...

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