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Joel on Software

2002/11/11

by Joel Spolsky
Monday, November 11, 2002

Abstractions fail. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. There's leakage. Things go wrong. It happens all over the place when you have abstractions, and it's dragging us down. Read all about it in my latest feature article: The Law of Leaky Abstractions.


Have you been wondering about Distributed Version Control? It has been a huge productivity boon for us, so I wrote Hg Init, a Mercurial tutorial—check it out!

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