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April 5th, 2006 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-04-05 07:49
  Subject:   Bad tools will make you hate life.
  Mood:Stab! STAB! Stabbity-stab!!!
After 15 hours of hitting my head on things that should have taken 10 minutes, I have learned something today:

  • With good tools, you can make some pretty neat stuff in a reasonable amount of time. For instance, ~600 lines of main control code in a week that has yet to break in several fairly nasty integration tests.

  • With bad tools, you'll be hating your life and spending 15 hours doing something that should take you ten minutes.

I'm talking about compilers here, but the general lesson is a good one to remember.
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