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Talking to Programmers

March 28th, 2005 · No Comments

[via Fred Wilson] Tom Evslin decodes the language programmers speak. A few excerpts:

Its ninety-five percent done,
Translation: The remaining five percent will take ninety-five percent of the elapsed time.

Its code complete.
Translation: Some code has been written. Features will be added later.

The code is 95% reusable.
Translation: Five percent of the source code is utterly and irretrievably lost.

Its Alpha ready.
Translation: A lot of code has been written; none tested.

Its Beta ready.
Translation: Its Alpha ready.

Ship it!
Translation: The Development team is sick of this and wants to move on to something else. The customers will test it.

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