My bazaar doesn't need your cathedral
January 7, 2013 3:39 AM Subscribe
Help me understand the essence of The Cathedral and the Bazaar
in order to apply the understanding to an entirely different scenario where there is a struggle between top down and bottom up design. I have no programming knowledge after BASIC on DOS 1.0
posted by infini to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I believe there's a valuable message in this essay (and subsequent book) which can be related to other areas where there is an inherent conflict between top down and bottom up design.
However, beyond being able to see and acknowledge this value, especially based on the simplified guidelines in the wikipedia page
, I fear I'm getting tangled up in the specificities of programming and its needs and thus unable to extract or wholly understand the key insights or essence of the tale.
tl;dr I can't write about it (as a narrative) relating to a wholly different scenario (say, design for poor farmers for eg) without understanding it well enough. Pointers to other reading on this material or key chapters would also be gratefully appreciated.