Phil Windley now has a great quote from Paul Graham's "The Hundred Year Language"... (The permalink to the message is broken for April 30 at this point.)
[Paul] Object-oriented programming offers a sustainable way to write spaghetti code. It lets you accrete programs as a series of patches. Large organizations always tend to develop software this way, and I expect this to be as true in a hundred years as it is today.
[Phil] The phrase accrete programs as a series of patches is so deliciously visual that it makes me smile.
So many juicy bits in Paul's keynote. I guess that's what makes a good keynote.
Since Phil will be sending some traffic my way, this is a chance to redirect you to a piece from OOPSLA 2002 related to the above quote...
Noble and Biddle's Notes on Postmodern Programming.