Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Flame wars and NLP

    I'm constantly amazed at the flame wars fought in the forums:
    Rest vs Soap
    XML vs Json
    Java vs .net
    Richard Bandler and John Grinder's books on NLP have a very refreshing approach to such subjects in respect to communications:
    1) Communication is not about the content of what you say but about the response you elicit.
    2) If something doesn't work - do something else

    I think these principles are the same for programming:
    1) It's not about using the correct approach it's about getting the correct result
    2) If a framework, technology does not solve your problem - choose another one

    For most of the above flame wars I can come up with several use cases for either option. This means a decision on a 'correct' approach can only be made in the context of a particular use-case.

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