"O'Regan, Emlyn" wrote:
> Writing skill apparently is more important than mathematical skill to a
> programmer (this comes from software engineering lore, maybe I can find a
> reference, but only if it is really wanted because it would be a very
> annoying and not very enlightening task). The kinds of thinking used to
> structure a report or an essay are apparently very similar to the kinds of
> thinking used to structure a non-trivial software system. This still begs
> the question of why documentation written by IT people is so piss poor, but
> that is a question for the SIs.
That's easy. Documentation isn't written by the programmers, but by some starving English major trying to figure out the program from using it.