The hospital which demands that its surgeons operate in non-sterile theaters, with inadequate equipment and without enough help

If what Alan Carter says in his The Programmers’ Stone blog is right, then the way our society treats software developers is like requiring surgeons to operate in non-sterile theaters, with inadequate equipment and without enough help from other doctors and nurses.

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Comment by PeachUK
2008-12-08 19:34:15

A bit of a dramatic comparison! It’s hardly life threatening after all, is it?

 
Comment by TDDPirate
2008-12-08 22:59:32

Consider the case of software developers, who write software for the sophisticated equipment used by today’s surgeons.

I myself wrote software used in a breath monitor used in intensive care units, which is supposed to sound an alarm if the patient stops breathing. Obviously, software bugs, which cause the monitor to lock up, could be life threatening.

 
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