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Alt.NET Baby-ism

So, Ayende wrote a post criticizing some API related stuff about the ASP.NET MVC Framework.

Phil Haack had a reply that dealt with why the design was done the way it was done, which contained the following funny comment:

“We spent a lot of time thinking about these design decisions and trade-offs, but it goes without saying that it will invite blanket criticisms. Fortunately, part of my job description is to have a thick skin. ;)

In part, by favoring usability in this case, we’ve added a bit of friction for those who are just starting out and have trouble using Google.”

Now, *anyone* with any sense knew that this was a joke.  I mean, if someone commented that Tiger Woods needed to work on his putting, or that Abraham Lincoln needed to work on his leadership skills, you know it was a joke (I like and respect Ayende, but don’t think he’s actually at the level of either Woods or Lincoln, but you get the analogy).

Uncharacteristically, Ayende took the comment seriously:

“Saying that I am a newbie or that I lack the skills of using google is inaccurate and insulting.”

As I commented on his blog, he needs to lighten up.  People say things about me that are actually inaccurate and insulting on at least a weekly basis, and those are from my *friends*.  And Ayende is good friends with people who inaccurately and insulting-ly question other people’s ethics before they finish their breakfast each day.

Very disappointing reaction from someone who is one of *the* good natured guys in the space.

posted on Thursday, November 06, 2008 7:31 PM Print
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# re: Alt.NET Baby-ism
coward
11/7/2008 6:24 AM
perhaps unfair to use the alt.net label here. seems like more of a personal issue.
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# re: Alt.NET Baby-ism
jdn
11/7/2008 7:17 PM
Well, yes. Because it was two guys familiar to an Alt.NET audience having a completely idiotic 'conflict' I put that in, but it was a personal issue.

A personal issue that makes no sense (having met both Ayende and Phil, especially).
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# re: Alt.NET Baby-ism
JonR
11/14/2008 10:21 AM
meh, typical ayende. that's why i don't read his blog unless it turns up in a google search for something i need to know in order to get my job done.

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