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Convincing programmers to use better tools

Philip J. Eby: I’m just not evil enough. I’ve been continually frustrated in my attempts to convince other people to use better tools—they seem to think most any time invested in learning to use tools won’t be recouped in productivity, or they just want to get their work done now without regard to reinventing the wheel or maintainability. Strikes me as rather short-sighted, but then again, I’m not the most productive programmer in the world. Using poor, buggy, or inconvenient tools just slows me down a lot, and increases my general frustration and annoyance level. I’m just glad I’m not alone!

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