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Subject:Re: Who's the author? From:Glen Accardo <glen -at- SOFTINT -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 10 Feb 1995 09:34:17 -0600
> Realizing the dangers of reasoning by analogy, may I provide an example
> from another field?
> Holiday dinners are always a big deal at my house. I select the
> ingredients and combine them in a way that I think my family and guests
> will find pleasing (and possibly easy to use).
I think this is a great analogy. Now, if someone else walks up to the
pot and says "This doesn't taste quite right," and then proceeds to
and spices and such, do you call them a chef? I doubt it. They may be
a chef, but they are currently acting as "spice adder."
So, if I place a "Chef wanted" ad in the paper, should the "spice adders"
apply? Granted, "spice adders" are an important part of the cheffing
process, but few chef organizations break the process down to that level
of specialization (I really couldn't say that with authority, but this is
an analogy, so...). The true chef is the one who can cook the whole
enchilada and the one I want to hire.
BTW, I owe Nora Merhar a bit of an apology. As long as you understand the
product before you document it, great.
glen accardo glen -at- softint -dot- com
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