Telefontornet and Software

September 3, 2014


Today on the always wonderful Colossal I learned of Telefontornet, 1890s Sweden’s central telephone exchange and the enormous structure atop it at which all lines converged.

It reminds me of my early career as a software developer: ISO/IEC 13818 in hand, writing an MPEG-2 demultiplexer and stream parser from the ground up. Doing things I didn’t know couldn’t be done, to paraphrase Sirkis.

That work wasn’t stringing up telephone wires in all directions across the sky, but in software terms it wasn’t that far off. 13 years of professional experience down the line, I wonder how I would approach that same project today.

For one thing there would be some unit tests written.