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Users' advocate: Crossing the mythical divide

from TechWhirl

Phil Davis of Integral Development Corp. writes: "Lately I've heard a lot of buzz about a myth: writers can't program and programmers can't write. Most of the buzzing is from frustrated and philosophical writers who argue that the myth is patent bullshit. I agree, but I also find myself asking: Why does the myth exist? Why are we talking about it now? Why does it matter? The myth is a product of our professional identity and the prevailing development culture. A set of defense mechanisms designed to shore up and augment our sense of professional self-worth. In the beginning (or at least somewhere close to the beginning) there was the question: are you a writer or an engineer, non-technical or technical?" more


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