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Friday, February 11, 2005

Study the Work of Others

From Harold Carr's talk at the University of Utah...

  • No literature search in industry.
  • No encouragement for deep knowledge (want "code monkeys")
  • To climb ladder encouraged to manage or "architect" versus doing "the" work

  • Great painters and writers don't delegate
  • They continue to do the work themselves
  • And they continue to study the works of others

Not long after writing this, I come across an item from James Robertson with more ever-present evidence of this sad observation.

4 comments:

John Wiseman said...

Patrick, the link to Harold's talk is broken.

Florian said...

You ought to read "Software craftmanship", it's a bit a lot of fuzz though, but some essentials to what maintaining a craft really means are also in there.

*not-a-mokey-coder* said...

I guess the corect link is http://haroldcarr.net/computers/2005-02-11.WorseIsWorseUUCSIndustryForum.html

Isaac Gouy said...

"Great painters and writers don't delegate"Really?
"Few artists before the 19th century made an art work completely on their own and patrons would pay according to the amount of input the master artist had in the work's production; 'studio work' therefore means work in the master's manner, and probably from his shop, but certainly not by his hand. ... it is a fine exercise of connoisseurship to determine to which members of Raphael's large and even overstretched studio had a hand in which works."
The Bullfinch Guide to Art History.

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