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15. Find the Perfect Tools > Un-Choosing the Wrong Tools

Un-Choosing the Wrong Tools

As important (or perhaps even more so) than choosing the right tools is rejecting bad tools. In fact, an anti-pattern exists that describes this: boat anchor . A boat anchor is a tool that you are forced to use even though it is ridiculously ill-suited for the job at hand. Frequently, this boat anchor costs a vast amount of money, increasing the political pressure to use it for every situation. For a tortured but depressingly accurate metaphor, imagine that a carpenter was forced to use a sledge hammer (undoubtably powerful) for driving nails. The unsuitability in this case is obvious, but we make similar and even worse decisions in software.


  

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