Geeks have a special relationship with The Truth. Nothing is more important than correcting a falsehood, no matter how small, and nothing is more odious than not telling The Truth. Unfortunately, in speaking The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth, the meaning is often mangled and the end result is the opposite, a lie.
We’ll examine some ways geeks lie while telling The Truth, to themselves and to others, and hopefully achieve better communications, easier to understand interfaces and maybe some personal enlightenment.
Some examples include: Lies by omission, lies by precision, lies by irrelevancy, and that most dangerous of words “should” as in “the user should have realized”.
Michael G Schwern has been programming Perl for over 10 years and is responsible for such modules as Class::DBI and Test::More. He writes for the Beautiful Code Blog as well as about Geek Ethology on http://geek2geek.info. In all probability, Michael has code on your computer. He can destroy CPAN at his leisure.
Michael currently resides in Portland, Oregon and has no intention of leaving. He provides freelance Testing, Software Engineering and Socialization consulting and training.
He owns no cars nor cats, though he kind of wants a cat.
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