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Chapter 8. An Obsolete Culture > The Culture of Programming

The Culture of Programming

I read an interesting story in a Sunday supplement about an American couple who retired to Mexico. They purchased a lot on the outskirts of a large city and hired an American architect to design their dream home. They then hired a Mexican building contractor and turned the blueprints over to him. As construction proceeded, they were flabbergasted to find that the building wasn't turning out the way the architect had specified.

The blueprints showed the front wall of the house containing four windows whose manufacturer and part number were precisely specified. The owners discovered that the actual wall contained three windows from another maker with quite different appearance and size. When they queried the Mexican builder, he shrugged and said, “They're windows. The plan says windows go in this wall. What is the problem?”


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