[Haskell-cafe] Re: Maybe off-topic -- Writing contracts or software specifications

Maurí­cio briqueabraque at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 10 21:40:38 EDT 2009

>> I'm an engineer, and as a programmer I'm just an amateur.
>> This easied things to me, since I could take decisions about
>> practices based on what made sense to me.  But now I need
>> to take responsability for some formal programming tasks,
>> and I don't know which examples to follow.

> I think such a contract won't help you, because after writing and using 
> the software, you will always find things, that you now like to do 
> different from what you wrote into the contract. I think the best to do 
> is to divide the project into small pieces.

Thanks for all sugestions. I do agree with what you and others
said, and that's what I would do. I already worked with others
in my former office, and the result was pretty good with just
some talk, a few pictures and around 5 points in source code
saying "here the world state should be this" kind of comments.

But I have an additional concern: to fit in burocracy.  I need
to write a contract that someone else, who understands just
office applications, not software writing, will need to feel
safe enough with to sign it. It's not that important to have
a good contract, but actually to be able to say "someone else
did it like this, and had no problems". Then I can save that
contract and forget about it. I need something that won't hurt,
more than something that will help development.

(I do trust the programmer. Much to my surprise, he suggested
Haskell as the better option for the job.)


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