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[Nmh-workers] Re: Questionable code - the bigger picture

From: Bill Wohler
Subject: [Nmh-workers] Re: Questionable code - the bigger picture
Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 08:27:55 -0700
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Jerry Peek <address@hidden> writes:

> For the long term: I've never written architecture documentation
> before.   How difficult would it be to write one and add to it as time
> goes on?  Would a wiki or some sort of collaborative online setup let
> us all rough out the outlines of good specs?  I don't know.

Josh Bressers <address@hidden> writes:
> If there is interest, I think it would be worth starting a cleanup branch
> in CVS, or an nmh-cleanup sub project (possibly not hosted on savannah).

While these are well-intentioned, my fear is that people do not have
the time to commit to these sorts of things. We might get a nice
architecture, but then run out of steam on the implementation. We
might get a really nice cleaned-up branch, but then run out of steam
leaving the branch orphaned.

I think the most pragmatic approach is to work on the trunk in small
bits checking your work with unit tests as I said before. Then if
people run out of steam, at least we have some working code.

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