Scott explains the difference between code no one else will see, and code others have to deal with:
Even though no one else is looking at the Feedster code base, I'm starting to accept that it is a very real thing in the near future -- and that's scary.
Now for non-engineers, you're probably thinking "Oh Scott, that's just a load of absolute hooey". Well here's an analogy for you -- I'm dealing with the mental equivalent of taking my clothes off with a new lover for the first time. Does that make it more clear to you? Now for an engineer who takes an awful lot of pride in his work, this is a big deal. And just as one might go to the gym or dress up before a new lover, I'm doing the same. Of course my work isn't going to the gym -- it deals with "dress up" routines like:
- Clean up
But you know what? Its pretty much the same thing. Oh and in case you are wondering, yes, I can relate most technical issues to the male / female interaction. Not sure what that says about me (and no comments on that one).
Yes, I've noticed that I tend to be a whole lot more careful with BottomFeeder code than I am with the blog code - probably because other people are contributing to BottomFeeder - as Scott says above.