Moving the Block

A recent post by Wesner Moise after a two month haitus got me thinking about a passage from Steve McConnell's After The Gold Rush. Like all Steve's stuff, it's great, but the title is unintentionally ironic: the book was released in 1999, at the very height of the dotcom gold rush. The last thing on most developers' minds was the profession of software engineering-- they were too busy finagling ways to cash in or cash out.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original blog entry at:

First? Years later.

The following quote reminded me of this blog post:

I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
— Helen Keller

I got this quote from O’Reilly’s book on Asterisk… Google is your friend. Cheers.