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Author Henning, Michi
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract Why changing APIs might become a criminal offense.Aftermore than 25 years as a software engineer, I still findmyself underestimating the time it will take to complete aparticular programming task. Sometimes, the resulting schedule slipis caused by my own shortcomings: as I dig into a problem, I simplydiscover that it is a lot harder than I initially thought, so theproblem takes longer to solvesuch is life as a programmer. Just asoften I know exactly what I want to achieve and how to achieve it,but it still takes far longer than anticipated. When that happens,it is usually because I am struggling with an API that seems to doits level best to throw rocks in my path and make my lifedifficult. What I find telling is that, after 25 years of progressin software engineering, this still happens. Worse, recent APIsimplemented in modern programming languages make the same mistakesas their two-decade-old counterparts written in C. There seems tobe something elusive about API design that, despite many years ofprogress, we have yet to master.
Description Affiliation: ZeroC (Henning, Michi)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2010-04-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Queue (QUEUE)
Volume Number 5
Issue Number 4
Page Count 13
Starting Page 24
Ending Page 36


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Source: ACM Digital Library