Computer Science Is All About Tradeoffs

Published 13 March 09 10:37 PM | Scott Mitchell

I oftentimes have a student or client remark, “I love how technology X does Y! However, I don't like X because it does Z.”

I don't know what else to say other than, “Ok,” or “I concur,” because after all, that's what computer science, and perhaps all of engineering, is all about - tradeoffs. There is no silver bullet. There is no panacea. Solutions are created to solve a specific problem, but the solution has shortcomings or deficits in other areas. That's life as a software developer.

If there were a silver bullet, if some technology existed that solved all the problems with no shortcomings elsewhere, we'd all be out of a job.

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