“You have your `isa' hierarchy all thought out - let's say you have a
“mammals” class and a “reptiles” class and so on - and you start to
implement it, and along comes a platypus, a fur-bearing, egg-laying,
duck-billed creature, which doesn't appear to fit in any of the
classifications you've created. So what you often end up having to do is
rethink your entire hierarchy, refactoring into a different set of basic
categories, or maintaining several categorizations along different axes. A
lot of your thinking ends up getting thrown out, as well as any
implementation you've done up to that point.”
and the Platypus effect.
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