Friday, March 14, 2008

Monkeys don't make good admins

Code monkeys are pretty damn amazing at some complex tasks, like climbing trees, or peeling bananas. We do not, however, like computer recipes. An example computer recipe: to upgrade Foo, check script X on machine B and then restart application Y on machine C. We don't become programmers to follow recipes, we want to make them and have the computer do them for us.

You better be careful if you make your code monkeys follow recipes. Many of them, like me, get irritated. Enough irritation, and we get angry. When we get angry, we start throwing poo. And then you just end up with shit everywhere.

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