The demise of Hara-Kiri computing: A non-specialist might conclude that all the what-if analysis is aimed at ensuring that the system can detect and then recover from errors gracefully. However, in the vast majority of cases, this is not what is motivating the development team. Instead, the name of the error handling game is to detect errors and then *die* with as much grace as possible. The emphasis is on graceful death, hara-kiri style, rather than graceful error detection followed by correction/resumption. Nicely put.
Via Sean McGrath.Posted to Software development by Simon Brunning at May 12, 2004 01:28 PM