McConnell Responds to Bossavit

Laurent Bossavit recently posted a critique of Steve McConnell’s chapter in Making Software on productivity differences between programmers (French original here, English translation here). In response, Steve posted this article that explains how he came to this topic when writing Code Complete, and then goes through the research he cited in his chapter, correcting the mistakes in Bossavits’ critique point by patient point. I think Steve has actually read the literature his claims are based on (Bossavits admits in several places that he hasn’t), and there are no drive-by ad hominem attacks—in short, his post is a great example of how this discussion should be conducted.

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