Re: Postel's law

From: David Cressey <cressey73_at_verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 2008 19:13:12 GMT
Message-ID: <cDX0k.2105$BV.246@trndny05>

"Gene Wirchenko" <genew_at_ocis.net> wrote in message news:vnit34pqj4vhk0a3jtbo1qnnrjfj4qfmsi_at_4ax.com...
> Ed Prochak <edprochak_at_gmail.com> wrote:
>
> [snip]
>
> >> On May 23, 10:21 pm, Gene Wirchenko <ge..._at_ocis.net> wrote:
> >> > Joel Spolsky said it well:
> >> > http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2008/03/17.html
> >
> >Good article.
>
> Quite.
>
> > Should we conclude this was a result of the law of unintended
> >consequences?
>
> Yes. It is a case of making it easier in the beginning and
> building up a huge technical debt. How would you deal with the
> situation? Maybe, you have an answer, but I do not think there is a
> simple answer now that will not break a lot of stuff.
>
> > Or is HTML development an example of misapplying a rule (Postel's
> >Law)?
>
> I think Postel's Law is shortsighted.
>
> >Something for comp.risks?
>
> Yes. I have just submitted it.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Gene Wirchenko
>
> Computerese Irregular Verb Conjugation:
> I have preferences.
> You have biases.
> He/She has prejudices.

(caution: tongue in cheek)

I think the Federal Reserve has a kind of reverse Postel's law: be liberal in what you issue, be cautious in what you accept. Received on Mon Jun 02 2008 - 14:13:12 CDT

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