Rule 9 – Even in space, temporary==forever

An entertaining conversation with a colleague gave me reason to revisit the source code for the Apollo 11 flight computer…the one that landed the first humans on the moon. The comments are all too relatable.

Image stolen from MIT/NASA

An ABC News article runs through the best Easter eggs and comments. The full source code is available on GitHub, natch. If there is a lesson to be learned for modern software developers, maybe it’s this: you may not think much of your “temporary” solution, but often the first thing that works is good enough. This was good enough to put 12 people on the moon and bring them home. What’s the most enduring thing your temporary fix accomplished?