Leyendo en Haacked encontré un compendio interesante acerca de 19 leyes epónimas del desarrollo de software. Es interesante ver como se pueden resumir algunas cosas obvias de la vida diaria en frases muy concisas.
Be conservative in what you send, liberal in what you accept. Postel’s Law.
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Parkinson’s Law.
Work expands so as to overflow the time available and spill on the floor leaving a very sticky mess. Haack’s Law.
For many phenomena, 80% of consequences stem from 20% of the causes. Pareto Principle.
Ninety percent of everything is crud. Sturgeon’s Revelation.
In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. The Peter Principle.
A task always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law. Hofstadter’s Law.
If anything can go wrong, it will. Murphy’s Law.
Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. Brook’s Law.
Any piece of software reflects the organizational structure that produced it. Conway’s Law.
In cryptography, a system should be secure even if everything about the system, except for a small piece of information — the key — is public knowledge. Kerchkhoff’s Principle.
Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow. Linus’s Law.
The utility of large networks, particularly social networks, scales exponentially with the size of the network. Reed’s Law.
In network theory, the value of a system grows as approximately the square of the number of users of the system. Metcalfe’s Law.
The power of computers per unit cost doubles every 24 month. Moore’s Law.
The cost of a semiconductor chip fabrication plant doubles every four years. Rock’s Law.
Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster. Wirth’s law.
Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can. Zawinski’s Law.
The time to acquire a target is a function of the distance to and the size of the target. Fitt’s Law.
The time to make a decision is a function of the possible choices he or she has. Hick’s Law.
Una recopilación -realmente- ampliada de estas frases epónimas se puede obtener de Wikipedia (lista de leyes epónimas).