[thelist] Enterprise Red Tape was: Web Based Employee Directory- prt 2

Ken Chase raskenbo at fastmail.fm
Wed Sep 15 15:50:08 CDT 2004

On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 14:39:41 -0500, "Luther, Ron" <ron.luther at hp.com>

> Ken Chase quoted from Steve Lewis thusly:
> <snip>
> > In essence, it should bring the concept of code reuse out of the box 
> > and into the organization's culture.
> <snip>
> ... and added:
> >>Bingo! This is the message that we always receive from our tech shop
> >>managerial types (***NOT THE CODERS***). The promise is that eventually,
> >>through code re-use, development costs will be drastically reduced. 
> [Emphasis added by me because I think this is a management pipe-dream 
> that the coders quite rightly realize to be ridiculous.]
> Hi Gang,
> 'Luddite' Ron here again.  ;-)
> Excluding for a moment what might be the world's best example of 
> 'code re-use', the use of CSS files to template and use across your 
> entire site, and thinking instead more of 'general purpose' coding ... 
> Have you folks *really* seen this happen?  


Thank you for your insight Ron. From experience I must say that I mostly
agree with you. In theory code re-use seems like a great idea. I must
admit that I love the concept. However, in reality, how many large
organizations have enough control over the following in order for this
to be implemented properly?

1. Staff turnover
2. Tight deadlines that lead to sloppy code, band-aid solutions, poor
documentation, etc...
3. Technology implementation decisions (bad?) made at the management
4. Icompetence and Ingnorance - Everyone suffers from this to some

This thread has become very interesting to me. With the info I’m
gathering, I’d think that I'll be able to make a fair business case to
my director.

Thanks all,

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