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Old John Carmack plan on Mythical Man Month and development...

Ran across this while reading a blog:

I wish I was able to get across some of the points he makes so well to the nonprogrammers I work around. Actually I do GET across the points, but I think to non-programmers they seem like excuses to be lazy or even worse, are a sign of incompetence.  Or they just think I'm cruel and uncaring as John says. ;)

Pretty good insights for a 25 year old (this was back in 97).
Crimson Send private email
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
If John Carmack is so smart, why is that web page nearly unreadable?  A thin font in white against a black background.  Geez, my eyes hurt.
Bob Saccamano Send private email
Thursday, February 17, 2005

You misunderstand how .plan files work.
Chris in Edmonton Send private email
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Chris, pray illuminate us.  Merely telling us we misunderstand how .plan files work does not actually help us understand how they DO work.

I know I haven't a clue how .plan files work, but I'd like to.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
John Carmack isn't responsible for the layout of, he puts his .plan file up on a server someplace and planetquake runs some automated finger program to read it in and display it on their website.

Also if you are judging someone by the design of their website, you have some serious problems.
Zach M. Send private email
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Zach is correct.  .plan files were basically a kind of blog precursor, but they were geared more around "computer people" than the general public. As Zach says, the .plan writers have no control over who grabs the .plan files or how it gets rendered into websites. .plan files were (originally) written in and meant to be read in plain text editors.

Carmack does have a blog now, though it's rarely updated (as in one time in its existence rare :) ).
Crimson Send private email
Thursday, February 17, 2005

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