Re: [PHP-DEV] [RFC] Reclassifying engine warnings

August 28, 2019 17:46 (Olumide Samson)
On Wed, Aug 28, 2019, 5:12 PM Mark Randall <> wrote:

> On 28/08/2019 16:37, Chase Peeler wrote: > > I'm also not the one that built it on the eggshells - I'm just the one > that > > is now in charge of developing the system that someone else left sitting > > eggshells. > > That's a challenge which at some point or another will face all > technical leads. > > You have to go to the people making the decisions and say: > > "Okay, look, we've got ourselves a problem here. We've dug ourselves > into a hole by cutting corners, building up debt, and we've never made > it a priority to fix it, and now it's causing us problems. It's not one > person's fault, it's something that has collectively developed over > time, but the reality is, the problem is there and needs fixing." > > And when the manager asks "What problems?" you say something like: > > "The language we use is moving towards a much stricter approach to > handling ambiguous or error prone code. This can only be considered a > good thing, but it is going to mean that a lot of our technical debt is > going to manifest as errors that will stop our site from function..." > > Then the manager will go "Can't we just keep using the version we are on?" > > You reply: > > "We can for a short period, perhaps an extra year or two, but the > reality is that PHP is moving forward, and the current version won't be > supported forever, and even if it were, we would be missing out on major > performance enhancements and new features that could help us to build > new features". > > The manager says: "Lay this out to me" > > You reply: > > "It's like our company car still works, but it no longer tighter meets > emissions standards so they won't let us take it into the city any more" > > "Crap", the boss replies "Okay, we had best fix that" > > -- > Mark Randall > > -- > PHP Internals - PHP Runtime Development Mailing List > To unsubscribe, visit:
This is the best reply with all possible good reasons laid out in few sentences per line ever I've seen on this mailing list.