Once upon a time, unbeknownst to each other, the “Automated Accounting Applications Association” and the “Consolidated Computerized Capital Corporation” decided that they needed the identical program to perform a certain service.

Automated hired a programmer-analyst, Alan, to solve their problem.

Meanwhile, Consolidated decided to ask a newly hired entry-level programmer, Charles, to tackle the job, to see if he was as good as he pretended.


The Parable of the Two Programmers is my first post in one of my other blogs. Even though it was written almost 25 years ago, this “parable” is still applicable to the software industry today.

Unlike normal parables, however, this one covers more than one issue in the industry. These issues will give me enough writing material for about 5 or more posts in the future, thus allowing me to procrastinate on writing for today. :D

In the meantime, just read the story. Try not to get too depressed about the ending, though. :P

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3 Responses to The Parable of the Two Programmers

  1. Mr Palala says:

    fresh grads must under go some sort of training program other than OJT on tackling complex problems. thanks to the plethora of forums they can ask simple questions amongst the much more experienced folk and be able to come up with natural solutions to the problems they face.

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