Friday, April 23, 2010

Ward Cunningham on the Debt Metaphor

Ward Cunningham explains how he came up with the Debt Metaphor. I love how this stuff originates! He was working on finance software and needed to explain to his boss why it was important to refactor their existing code. He needed something that his boss could relate to.

Here's a good Cunningham quote from 1992 at OOPSLA:

"Shipping first time code is like going into debt. A little debt speeds development so long as it is paid back promptly with a rewrite." - Ward Cunningham

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