A Million Monkeys

Most have heard of the Infinite Monkey Theorem. I used to restate it during code review meetings as “a million monkeys could eventually code anything, but this code looks like it took three monkeys and three days.” The truth is, a lot of products have been poorly coded and although I am a strong believer in coding practices which optimize quality, there is no replacement for thorough verification.

An infinite number of monkeys may eventually write the complete works of Shakespeare but until it has been thoroughly evaluated as such, no one will ever know. The name  J. K. Rowling is familiar with many but does anyone know the team of editors and publishers who corrected the text, assisted in making it more readable and even identified that it was something of value in the first place?

To all you code writers, get out there and thank your verification teams.

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