This is the second post in the short existence of this blog that starts with “Titus”. Well there is a good reason. In a wonderful blog post Titus pretty much nails my opinion on the matter of research software. He writes
I think this notion that research software is something special and deserving of some accomodation is so wrong that it’s hard to even address it intelligently. What, you think people at Google aren’t doing exploratory programming where they don’t know the answer already? You think Amazon customers don’t behave in unexpected ways? You think Facebook social network data mining is easy? The difference there is that companies have a direct economic incentive to solve these problems, and you don’t.
And I completely agree with him on the excuses.