Tejus Parikh

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The Rise and Fall of a Personal Cargo-Cult

Posted on October 23, 2017

Cargo-cults are common when confronted with the unfamiliar and new. This is not that story. Instead this is a story about forgotten knowledge around a complex interaction.

Cargo-cults are common when confronted with the unfamiliar and new. This is not that story. Instead this is a story about forgotten knowledge around a complex interaction.

Writing good software has never been easier thanks to the other developers that have put free, high-quality libraries out on the internet. The price of free is in understanding how different libraries interact, which often do so in complicated ways leading to the creation of cargo-cults. Like the Melanesians, we do things not because we know why, but because it's worked in the past.

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