[Haskell-cafe] Tutorial on Haskell
mvanier at cs.caltech.edu
Wed Apr 18 00:08:58 EDT 2007
R Hayes wrote:
> On Apr 17, 2007, at 4:46 PM, David Brown wrote:
>> R Hayes wrote:
>>> They *enjoy* debugging ...
>> I have to say this is one of the best things I've found for catching
>> bad programmers during interviews, no matter what kind of system it is
>> for. I learned this the hard way after watching someone who never
>> really understood her program, but just kept thwacking at it with a
>> debugger until it at least partially worked.
> I've seen this too, but I would not use the word debugging to describe
> it. I don't think I agree that enjoying debugging is a sufficient
> symptom for diagnosing this condition. There are many people that
> love the puzzle-box aspect of debugging. Some of them are very
> talented developers.
> R Hayes
I agree with the latter sentiment. I call the "thwacking at it"
approach "random programming" or "shotgun programming", the latter
suggesting that it's like shooting at the problem randomly until it
dies. I prefer not having to debug, but when I do have to I find it fun
(up to a point).
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