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When is software done?

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This article deals with the philosophy of the program development and the interesting observation, that user forums are full of feature requests. Some of these requests don't fall into the program functions as the developers see it and thus, the battle between them arises.

Every single line of code out there is made for some special reason. Being code in an email client, a web browser, a file manager or a game does not make a difference. Putting aside the problems of modern programming let's just stop for a minute and say that this special fictitious set of code, like all other lines of code in the open source, is perfectly crafted, bug free command doing exactly what it is supposed to do without any security issues, proprietary licenses or errors. Let's say, that these lines needed ten years of polishing to become the perfect ones, and now they can grow old and live forever. I don't doubt that you believe, such code if existed in this imperfect world, would be written in golden letters, be praised and of course would have never been changed.

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