Automation as documentation: programming machines, not humans
It's amusing to read some HOWTO documentation for the "mouse-oriented" operating system and other software infected by its "philosophy":
"Select item A from menu B. Type value C to field D. Press button E."
Whereas Unix users write scripts that utilize software tools, in the "mouse-oriented" world software vendors utilize the poor users.
Q: Where do you want to go today?
A: GOTO 10
Seriously, in SCM this decadenze is far too common: good old principles are forgotten and the process is little if at all automatized.
Automation is not only making things easier, it's about making things possible.
More about that later...
Originally published on 2005-02-02 at http://www.jroller.com/wipu/entry/automation_best_form_of_documentation under category SCM & process