Reinventing Fire

Not Invented Here

September 7, 2006

Filed under: Meta — Magister @ 10:53 pm

I’ve been accused more than once of “reinventing the wheel.” Let me assure you that that’s meant to be a stinging insult among programmers, where reuse is the key to efficiency and laziness (both qualities I admire).

But sometimes the wheel is broken, and sometimes it just doesn’t work right for the job at hand. I wouldn’t want to drive a car with a solid-body fixed-axle wheel.

And sometimes, you have to reexamine your basic assumptions. Maybe the wheel isn’t the right tool for the job at all.

I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. I want to reinvent fire.

1 Comment

  1. Dude, your last line amps me up. Hot damn, yeah! *I* want to re-invent fire, too! GO GO GO! :)

    Comment by Gavin Kistner — September 8, 2006 @ 5:09 pm

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