Why Developers Love Metaphors
Similes, parables, analogies, semantics…
Being the more technically inclined of our species, and knowing everyone you talk to won’t understand the difference between none, null, and not defined, and how a single misused semicolon can ruin your entire week; we have to “dumb down” in our own petty condescending ways to communicate.
In reality this is to see how frustrated you get dealing with people that you exchange equal amounts of contempt for when you are in a stressful situation.
I was just recently working on a project for the City of LA. There is a feature, a chatbot, that they really liked. I went to add it to the fully completed site I just spent 4 months on, and had to explain, it would be really hard to implement. They wanted an explanation and a timeline to get it on the site. I told them at least another month.
“But it’s running on the other site, just copy and paste it”.
This fun little code demon used generic names. Things like “modal” not “chat modal” just “modal”. Which is at odds with Bootstrap. One is a generic structural framework that assumes you will semantically name the things you add. The other is a turd in the public pool on a hot summer day.
So to explain it to the team, this is what I had to say:
Imagine you bought a house, and you chose the colors to paint every room, like bedroom is red, living room is blue, kitchen is yellow. That day after the walls are painted during the day shift, a sheet of paper is handed to the night shift house painter that says paint the walls green, not specific walls, it just says paint the walls green. You’ve accidentally gone full Oscar the Grouch in the entire house.
The technical explanation:
Technically Frankenstein is the Dr, and the monster is simply that. Darth never said “Luke I am your father”. We like to think we think things through, clearly communicate and yet, either what you tell someone upfront as an acknowledgement of the situation, or as an explanation through flowery prose, it is a bit of a d!ck move and condescending, and adds to our already antisocial visages and why people hate to listen to us.
In summation, Chat with Chip can go f()k himself.