At 3:00 PM +0100 5/6/07, infrahile wrote:
On 6 May 2007, at 14:51, tedd wrote:
No offense meant to the Yojimbo programmers, but this is an example
of how a programmer thinks that s/he knows what the user needs as
compared to what the user actually wants.
Well, not necessarily, there are all sorts of more likely
explanations than arrogant programmers. Also, when you say 'what the
user actually wants' you really mean 'what I and a few others here
actually want' - I'm perfectly happy with the creation date as it is
because it allows me to see when the entry was created in Yojimbo -
in that sense, the creation date refers not to the source document,
but to the new Yojimbo item. I do see your point, but this strikes
me as overly harsh criticism.
Don't get me wrong, I've been programming for over 40 years and my
comments are not meant to sound harsh or paint programmers as
arrogant. But from experience, programmers think about the data and
not necessarily how user will use it -- that's why GUI is like a new
(anything that is less than 20 years old is new to me) science to
programming. First, solve the problem and then make it easy for the
user. Sometimes there's a disconnect between how the user is going to
use the data and how the programmer expects the data to be used --
that's a fact -- I've been there too many times myself to claim any
However, once a need is known, then programmers can certainly comply.
It's not a question of harshness or arrogance, it's just one of
ignorance (not meant in a bad way). If you don't know that something
is needed, then it's not a bad thing until you don't do anything
about it after you learn.
Hey, Yojimbo is the best product on the market, that's why I use it.
But, as Will Rogers once said "You may be on the right track, but
you'll get run over if you just sit there."
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