[plt-scheme] Perplexed Programmers

From: hendrik at topoi.pooq.com (hendrik at topoi.pooq.com)
Date: Thu Aug 30 09:05:47 EDT 2007

On Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 08:21:05PM -0700, Brent Fulgham wrote:
> Despite the review process, there were invariably problems once  
> construction started and it was discovered that an 8-inch water pipe  
> was expected to occupy the same spot of space as a critical structural  
> support.  This would result in "change orders" and other on-the-fly  
> design changes.  These types of mistakes are so frequent, that there  
> is almost always an engineer on-site during construction so that these  
> kinds of decisions can be made as quickly as possible.

I remember long ago in Holland such a mistake hit the news.  An entire 
row of houses had been build whose toilets hadn't allowed enough room 
for the resident's knees while sitting on them.  The reengineering 
involved a door with a hinge in the middle, so it could stick out into 
the hall while still being closed.

This would seem to be in the style of kludgy patches, all right.

-- hendrik

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