Peace For Our Time Programming. Term used within information technology (IT
A programming style
which is solely focused on solving the functional issue fast rather than solving the issue and technically maintaining the software
at the same time.
PFOTP initially makes everyone happy. The software developer
himself is happy that he has finished his work in such a short time and, for the time being, has solved the bug
. His manager
is happy that he just reached another target. And the customer
is happy with the renewed functionality.
Still, the chosen solution is a small investment in the decay of the software module
. Within time, small pieces of rotten quick-win solutions will help it deteriorate more and more. Though the complexity of the functionality stays the same, technically it is becoming more and more unreliable until it is payback
time and all hell
Eventually a co-worker
has to rewrite all the mess.