Computer quotes (was computer proverbs)

Towse self at TOWSE.COM
Sun Jan 5 02:36:32 UTC 2003

"James A. Landau" wrote:
> In a message dated 01/03/2003 9:51:27 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> mam at THEWORLD.COM writes:
> > Don't get it perfect, get it out!
> The version I have heard is "The perfect is the enemy of the good" and is
> attributed to Voltaire.

I've been casting nets into the wide Web sea because I've always
heard Mark's version, with a slightly different wording,
attributed to seignior Gates -- something more like, "It doesn't
need to be perfect. It only needs to work. Ship it."

Another maxim I've heard through years of software development
is, "Only God is perfect." a variant of the reasoning behind the
aforementioned "Ship it." -- loosely based on an age-old maxim
about flaws in handmade rugs.


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