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From Leo Sutic <leo.su...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: My personal view of Avalon
Date Mon, 19 Jul 2004 16:41:49 GMT
On Mon, 19 Jul 2004 12:12:39 -0400, Stefano Mazzocchi
<stefano@apache.org> wrote:
> avalon has showed (at the very least to *me*) that reusability by
> extreme abstraction doesn't work because the cost of harmonizing human
> perceptual differences at such high levels of abstraction is higher than
> the cost of creating the code.

My lesson learned is that reusability that comes at the cost of having
to re-engineer your deployed code doesn't gather much of a following.
One could say that any project that aims to bring reusability to
development had better make it extremely easy to reuse whatever code
already exists. The cost of harmonizing our code bases is higher than
to just plod along - especially since the target we would be
harmonizing with is still moving.

In short, it's not the human perceptual differences that keeps us from
achieving nirvana, it is that we have code and systems to support, and
no time to dick around with evolving a framework and constantly
rewriting our existing code.

Not so much social issues as economic.


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