Worse-is-better

18. May, 2010

I just stumbled over “The Rise of “Worse is Better”“. The article deals with the “get it right the first time” and the “get it as right as possible” dilemma. In Software development, you often have a situation where you don’t know enough for “get it right 100%” and you don’t have the time to learn. Or “get it right 100%” just isn’t possible.

In the end, “do it as good as you can” is, all things considered, better than the alternative. Or as Bill Gates allegedly said: “Windows doesn’t contain any bugs which any big number of users wants to have fixed.”

Which explains nicely why programming languages which strive for perfectionism (like Lisp) never really caught on. There are just too few perfectionists – and it’s a recessive trait.