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Sappy stories (was Re: Subversion 1.0.0 released.)

From: Brian W. Fitzpatrick <fitz_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2004-02-23 18:30:05 CET

On Mon, 2004-02-23 at 09:56, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> kfogel@collab.net wrote:
> > Subversion 1.0.0 is ready!
> Hi, my name is Ben, and I'm a Subversion developer.
> ("Hi, Ben!")
> This is my required sappy story.

Ooh! Ooh! Me too!

In the end of February, 2000, I was having lunch with Karl Fogel, and he
was excitedly talking about all the great designing and research and fun
theoretical version control stuff that he and Jim Blandy were going over
for the "Inversion" project. Karl was obviously having a great time and
was happy to be working on something that he and Jim had both talked
about doing for *years*. Almost as an offhand remark, I told Karl

"Remember, real programmers *ship* software."

The smile drained from his face as the weight of all the work he saw
ahead of him sunk in. He aged 10 years right there in the restaurant as
he began to realize the awesome task that lay ahead of him. I quickly
tried to backpedal and cheer him up and reassure him that all would go
well and that without a doubt, Subversion would see the light of day
soon enough, but Karl left still looking a little bit dejected.

And now, 4 years later, I am happy to call Karl a real programmer! :-)

Congrats to everyone who's committed a line of code, a sentence of
documentation, a snippet of a patch, a word of encouragement, or a bit
of feedback.

Now get back to work!


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