Why specs matter

Apr 23, 2005 14:51 · 68 words · 1 minute read

Being an XP type, I don’t go in for specs for everything. Where interoperability counts, specs are key… and Mark Pilgrim nails the personalities in Why specs matter.

“Angels” read specs closely, write code, and then thoroughly test it against the accompanying test suite before shipping their product. Angels do not actually exist, but they are a useful fiction to make spec writers to feel better about themselves.