Why no one wins the tech holy wars

The longer you work in IT, the more it seems the ‘right’ way might not be the only way

If you haven’t seen the HBO show "Silicon Valley," it’s worth the time. Along with many jabs at well-known tech companies, it’s surprisingly accurate with regard to how IT and developers think and behave. It’s not perfect, but I can’t recall ever hearing a vim-versus-emacs debate in a popular television show. (Can you?)

That same episode used an argument of spaces versus tabs in source code as a plot device. I’m sure most people watching the show weren’t entirely sure what that meant, but it was carried off well enough to make clear it was a big problem. Frankly, to many developers, it is a big problem and has been for quite some time. Truly, however, vim versus emacs is a much holier war.

Copyright © 2016 IDG Communications, Inc.

How to choose a low-code development platform