Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Daniel Read on software and Apgar scores

Daniel Read blogs on the topic: "Does software need an Apgar score?". He mentions the fact that a simple metric (the Apgar score for newborns) revolutionized the childbirth process, "through standardization of techniques, training, and regulation of who exactly was allowed to perform certain procedures (based on whether they had the training and experience)". He then talks about how a similar simple score might help the quality of software development, by assessing its "health". Hmmm... all this sounds strangely familiar to me -- Cheesecake anybody? Of course, Daniel accepts that this idea is highly controversial and maybe a bit simplistic. However, I for one am convinced that it would help with improving, if not the quality, then at least the kwalitee of the software packages we see in the wild today.


Anonymous said...

Hey man, you keep your fascist "metrics" to yourself -- my code is unique and special, and not only defies categorization but cannot be ranked or measured!


Grig Gheorghiu said...

Well, Anonymous, all I can say is: I hope your code is at least *tested* (and if I know you, then it is) :-)

Matthew said...

I think trying to regulate software just puts restrictions on something that almost doesn't have any.