Just say no to Holub


Boo-hoo! You had me, and then you lost me!

Frank Sinatra

При чем тут голубь?

Репортаж с Первых Весенних Олимпийских Игр

Yeah, yeah, we do want to “Just say ‘No’ to XML“. Amen.
And +1 to Mr.Holub for noting that “…many so-called programmers just don’t know how to build a compiler. I really don’t have much patience for this sort of thing.” But
it’s all downhill from there:

  • -0.1 for describing Ant as a “scripting language” (it really is declarative…)

  • -0.4 for picking on Ant, of all things, in the first place. Some people can write a compiler and still manage
    to subject “every one of [their] users to many hours of needless grappling with”, oh, I don’t know… make???

  • -0.5 for plugging his book at the end

  • -10 for doing the above with an innocent “By the way”. (+10 if this “innocence” is tongue-in-cheek, Lt.Columbo-“Oh, and just one more thing”-like. But
    “architects, consultants and instructors in C/C++, Java and OO design” don’t do this kind of subtlety.)

In all, Mr.Holub is 10 in the hole for this round…

A classic case of how a perfectly defensible thesis is ruined by the examples…

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