Borrowing Trouble

The "Insufficient unto the day are the troubles thereof" AntiPattern.

KentBeck mentions how his grandmother cautioned him against BorrowingTrouble. Presumably this is what birthed one of the underlying goals of ExtremeProgramming: Realistically asking yourself, "Am I speculating because it's helpful, or because I'm borrowing trouble?"

Here, "to borrow trouble" means "to take a course of action that may cause harm." (see http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50025423)

As you go through your programming career, you'll find an astounding number of people who seem to be addicted to BorrowingTrouble. Why is this? The answer varies:

Sensible: Sad: Sinister:
See also IfItAintBrokeDontFixIt, DoTheSimplestThing and YouAintGonnaNeedIt.


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