Who is Eagleson and where did Eagleson's law originate?
November 14, 2011 9:11 AM Subscribe
Programmers soon learn that
“Any code of your own that you haven't looked at for six or more months might as well have been written by someone else.”
This maxim, generally cited as “Eagleson's Law [of Programming]” (and often extended “Eagleson is an optimist; the real number is more like 3 weeks”) has been floating around the internet for ages*
. But who is Eagleson, and where did this notion originally appear?
*Here it is
posted by Songdog to Computers & Internet (2 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
in someone's sig in a 1991 comp.graphics post so it's at least that old. Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if it were twenty or thirty years older but I haven't had any luck tracking down a source. Can any of you librarians, sleuths, and computer historians provide more info?