[wp-hackers] WP 3.1 admin bar

Mark E mark at simplercomputing.net
Fri Feb 18 04:48:42 UTC 2011

On 02/17/2011 09:35 PM, Brian Layman wrote:
> Absolutely true! This isn't at all about the time it takes to do the
> coding. As Otto said 32 messages earlier in this thread, the issue is
> the need to adhere to the development cycle and release management.
> Jealously protecting the quality of a release, in the days before it
> goes out, is one of the hardest things to face as a software engineer.

Ya, because doing that requires a hellacious amount of mental gymnastics 
to justify those decisions.

I can see it now, I spend 2 or 3 months developing a full blown high-end 
auction site (or whatever it might be) based on WP for a high paying 
customer, due to launch sometime soon (3 days, 7 days, who knows). The 
customer calls me up and says "Looks great. Everything works fine. But, 
I want you to tweak that menu before we launch" - to which I reply, 
"Sorry bro, WP philosophy dictates that I cannot do that as we're too 
close to launch. I told you 2 weeks ago we were entering RC versions. 
But don't worry, I'll fix you up in a point release some time after we 

Rrrrrright. Guess what the customer is gonna say?

Lol. Some things happen the way they do not because of time constraints, 
but because people are attached to certain philosophies that have no 
basis in what is or isn't reasonably possible.


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