11 November 2003 by Ian Davis
As software craftsmen, we have rules. Sometimes we feel bad when the rules must be broken. They’re just rules though. What’s important is that we have a moral center, a professional core, that refuses to compromise the quality of our work.
Robert C. Martin, on software quality and professional standards. One of the comments raises an interesting counter-argument: what if the client wants you to ship shit? In that case, there could be a mismatch between yours and their definitions of shit. If the mismatch is too great you’d better start looking for a new client.