Software testing

Testing software sucks. However, it is not the worst part of being a Software Engineer; that seat is taken by documentation.

Which is why a lot of open source software documentation is horrifically bad. This is an ongoing problem with Linux as most open source developers won’t pay technical writers to polish their documentation.

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  1. Michael Diamond says:

    I don’t know how true this is – certainly OS projects /can/ have lackluster documentation, but the notion that technical writers write useful content, or that expensive software is well documented, is at best a generalization. In my experience, open source projects are better documented, and have knowledgeable people willing to help you out, whereas expensive software is often loosely documented, is incredibly wordy and uninformative (thank you technical writers) and the support staff is uninterested at best, and unintelligent at worst. A personal anecdotal example is the very expensive enterprise software MicroStrategy. Admittedly a very nice product with a lot of features, but the support and documentation are miserably unhelpful. I theorize that open source developers have to ‘sell’ people with documentation, whereas pay-for products have sales people to do that.

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