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THE BEST SOFTWARE WRITING I by Joel Spolsky

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Eric LippertHOW MANY MICROSOFTEMPLOYEES DOES IT TAKE TOCHANGE A LIGHTBULB?1

Personally, I get quite cranky when 16-year-old programming prodigies who look really brave and strong on their blogs, hiding behind the fact that on the Internet nobody knows you have zits and braces, bitch and moan about how experienced developers are slow and incompetent. If I see one more child on Slashdot whining about how Windows XP, with its 37 googol lines of code, is "buggier than a lake in Minneapolis in the summertime" and acting like he (it is always a he, give it a rest) . . . acting like he could do better, if I see one more of these, I swear I'm going to puke.

The difference between programming as it is practiced in your high school class and programming ...

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