Why “collapse” (not “rot”) is the way to think about software problems

Why “collapse” (not “rot”) is the way to think about software problems

For decades, programmers have talked about the tendency of software to become less reliable over time as “rot,” but Konrad Hinsen makes a compelling case that the right metaphor is “collapse,” because the reason software degrades is that the ground underneath it (hardware, operating systems, libraries, programming languages) has shifted, like the earth moving under…

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