Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Best quote ever on software specifications.

Walden Mathews, talking about specifications documents and functional specs and the like, says:

"Specification" is interesting nomenclature, because it's really the lack of specific-ness that keeps it from being the product.

From:, which I got to from

He's absolutely right. The source code is the first thing specific enough to actually constitute the system—and in a well-written object-oriented system in a high-level language, it’s often just as readable as (if not more readable than) the original “specifications” document.

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