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Your code is not a project

Language matters, just as saying the wrong word to the wrong person can leave you with one less front tooth, so too can the incorrect use of language in general create a cascade of confusion that pervades an entire industry.

One of my pet peeves about the use of language in the software arena is the use of the word "Project". This usage as far as I know goes back to IDEs grouping software artifacts as projects. The notion of a project as the top level organizing construct for software projects (see what I did there?) is now a de facto standard. One problem with this is that it is a complete misuse of the notion of a project. A project is not a thing, it is a process! A project has (or at least should have) a well defined start and end.

As a process, by its very nature, its essence is vague. So when something whose essence is precise (software) is called a project it leaves the reader wondering exactly what is being described. Whenever I come across a documentation describing…

Get out of the box sometimes

Little boxes on the Laptop, Little boxes made of Javascript stacks, Little boxes on the Laptop, Little boxes all the same. There's a green one and a pink one And a blue one and a yellow one, And they're all made out of Javascript stacks And they all look just the same. And the developers in the industry All went to the IDEs, Where they were put in boxes And they came out all the same, And there's devOps and Rubyers, And micro services, And they're all made out of Javascript stacks And they all look just the same. And they all play on the GitHub And drink their Kool-aids dry, And they all have pretty syntax And the syntax go to HackNews, And the syntax get approval stamp And then to the IDEs, Where they are put in boxes And they come out all the same. And the bros go into business And marry and raise a VC round In boxes made of Javascript stacks And they all look just the same. There's a green one and a pink one And a blue one and a yellow one, And they're a…