Two typos and a correction [PATCH]
alex.purins at businesslink.com
Mon Sep 22 15:55:37 CDT 2008
From: C. Michael Pilato [mailto:cmpilato at red-bean.com]
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2008 07:48
To: Alex Purins
Cc: svnbook-dev at red-bean.com
Subject: Re: Two typos and a correction [PATCH]
Alex Purins wrote:
> So be it - but I disagree with relying on surrounding text to implicitly
> correct a gratuitous and blatantly false statement.
> Gratuitous because dropping it (and slightly rewording for better flow) to
> have simply "This is why Subversion is so often used in software
> environments— it makes collaboration with other programmers easy."
> would not detract one iota from the document.
> False because programming is an inherently private, singular task, with
> others becoming involved only on those occasions when it proves difficult
> (which is admittedly all the time for some developers) or when it would
> too long done by one person.
Yes, programming is inherently private when you look only at the act of
typing characters into a text editor, yes.
What we were getting at was that "software development" -- in the context of
a team of more than one person working on a piece of software -- is social.
Your every committed keystroke has the potential to affect your teammates.
It was wrong, though, to omit the bits that explicitly called out the
more-than-one-person-ness of the image we were trying to convey. So I
changed the text to read:
working in a development team is an inherently social ...
where "team" is the key word there.
(I also committed your nice catch of s/affect/effect/. Thanks.)
C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato at red-bean.com> | http://cmpilato.blogspot.com/
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