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“The only thing consistent about the software industry is inconsistency”

June 19th, 2006

“The only thing consistent about the software industry is inconsistency”; I believe this is a derivation of Horace Smith's original quote: “Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent”.

The inconsistent nature of the software industry becomes so repetitious that it eventually becomes consistent. Popular languages, databases, technologies, methodologies, paradigms, and hyped products are always shifting – it's been called innovation, evolution, and many other things.

This statement can be applied to any subject and I recall first hearing it while employed as a private contractor the phrase was something like: “The only thing consistent about the contracting industry is inconsistency”.

Author: Adam Kahtava Categories: Musings, Software Tags:
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