Star Wars: A Different Point of View

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I just stumbled across the “A Different Point of View” series of podcasts. The episodes are a set of somewhat humorous, but serious essays disproving myths about Stormtroopers and Star Wars universe from the point of view of a sand trooper.

A Different Point of View is a series of essays about the Star Wars Universe as seen through the eyes of lowly sandtrooper, TD-0013. It takes everything you thought you knew about the Star Wars saga and flips it around to expose the ugly underbelly of the Rebellion, The Jedi, and everything else.

The series is a couple years old, but it’s new to me and incredibly awesome for Star Wars geeks like me.

Developers are Clone Troopers and Project Managers are … Storm Troopers

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Max Pool of {CodeSqueeze} writes an interesting article titled “Why Managers Are Like Clumsy Storm Troopers“.

Anytime software development or project management can be related to Star Wars themes, it makes the inner-geek in me want to spread the news…

… developers are like Clone Troopers. They are quick, disciplined, and deadly in their specialty.

Managers are elite forces in their own galaxy (far, far away); however, when they attempt to reenter the development trenches they look like the clumsy 2nd generation Storm Troopers.

When managers spend to much time in the meeting room (aptly named Death Star Room), developers turn into much weaker forms of their previous self.

For those who aren’t aptly versed in Star Wars. The Clone Troopers were the military troops in Star Wars episode 1, 2,  and 3 (the new movies). The ones that fought alongside Anakin and Yoda and were great at shooting and killing stuff. These were the clones produced in Star Wars episode 1 by cloning Jango Fett.

The Storm Troopers are the later military forces found in Star Wars episode 4, 5, and 6 (the old movies). These are the Storm Troopers that Luke Skywalker fought against and they were really awful at shooting and killing anything.

(via Arjan’s World)

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Debugging code is like farting…

This little Zen-like quote was found via secretGeek’s post called “Q: What’s the cleverest kind of code?“. Leon answers his question declaring “A: No code at all!”

In his research, Leon was searching for the Brain Kernighan debugging quote (shown below) and discovered it on Chris Sells’ blog. The Kernighan quote has been around for a while and most everyone that has been writing code has probably already seen it.

Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.  Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.
–Brian Kernighan

WikiQuote has a few more quotes from Kernighan. But I think the jewel of Leon’s post comes from the quote taken from Chris’s blog entry who cites Paul Downey.

Debugging is like farting – it’s not so bad when it’s your own code.
–Paul Downey

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