alex at tweedly.net
Wed Dec 29 20:07:20 EST 2004
Richard Gaskin wrote:
> That was resolved by another Frank (Mr. Frank D. Roosevelt):
> "There's nothing to fear but fear itself."
> When faced with the option to chose between experimenting on a backup
> to see what happens or not doing so out of fear, experimentation will
> yield more useful results.
> In the worst case your fears will be confirmed, but at least you'll
> know rather than be guessing.
That's not the worst case, that's the medium case.
In the worst case, you will have introduced a problem which doesn't make
itself visible to you, and sometime later (maybe on another machine / os
/ universe) becomes apparent, and cannot be solved without major
surgery. At that point, of course, you're unable to abandon the
"attempt" because it is deeply bound into your last few months programming.
Hmmmm - maybe it'd be nice to have a source code control system
including checkpoint or diff / merge that could work on stacks ...
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