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Discussion on: Is Uncle Bob serious?

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c5n8

What uncle Bob fear is that when programmers who work in critical system make a mistake that costs lives of significant number of people, it can happen, and he believe it is bound to happen. Then people would create regulation for everyone who call themselves programmer, yes, that includes you too(pointing finger at html programmers), people won't see difference between programmer that work in airplane software with programmer who make marketing website for local business. What they know is all of that programmers working with weird text on computer. And they will even create institution to enforce it to you.

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Blaine Osepchuk Author

You've certainly captured the thrust of his argument. But Uncle Bob fails to disclose software that can cause widespread death and destruction is already regulated:

I'm all for more professionalism in our industry, but I find it hard to believe that there's going to be a disaster in a safety critical system (which was likely built and operated under some kind of existing regulation, by the way) and that the disaster is going to be so terrible that governments around the world are going to regulate how non-safety critical software is constructed.

After all, the Boeing 737 Max disasters that killed 346 people has barely caused a ripple in other divisions of Boeing, never mind the aviation industry in general.

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c5n8

Let's just consider ourselves lucky so far, and prove him wrong by getting there first before the people force us to. It's not going to be easy and it will take very long time. Even uncle bob himself gave an example about TDD that he compared with double-entry bookkeeping which took about 500 years before everyone adopted it.