Re: Idea for a process experiment to reward running code...

Barry Leiba <barryleiba@computer.org> Tue, 04 December 2012 14:47 UTC

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Subject: Re: Idea for a process experiment to reward running code...
From: Barry Leiba <barryleiba@computer.org>
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> i think we're ratholing here.  the point i get is that, if there is open
> source code that suppliments the drafts sufficiently to lend confidence
> in the implementability and implementation, then progress might be
> accelerated.

But the point of "running code" in our nice, catchy slogan, is that
"running" doesn't mean simply that it runs.  It means that it's
actually *in use*, possibly for real, but at least in a test lab where
it's getting real use.  *Real* running code probably does lend such
confidence.  Code that's just been written because it helps your draft
get an extra tick mark in a box almost certainly doesn't, whether we
can see and understand the source code or not.

Barry