thePHP.cc’s jet-setting QA expert shares his musings on hotels

Sebastian Bergmann on . . . sixty percent quality
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Hotels and software may not seem to have much in common. But quality assurance applies to all aspects of life, and the perils of forgetting it are always the same.

Every week I go where IT problems occur, sharing my experience with development teams around the world and helping them make better use of the PHP platform. On average, I spend over 100 days of the year in hotel rooms and close to 15 days on aeroplanes or trains. When you spend so much time on the proverbial road you need to care about quality: the quality of a hotel influences your quality of sleep which in turn affects the quality of work you deliver to your customer.

What is a geek to do when he wonders about hotels? He refers to h2g2, the guide to life, the universe, and everything, where he can read: “All hotels provide facilities enabling guests to spend as little time conscious as possible while stuck in the hotel; more common options include the television and the bar. Cryogenic suspension seems like the logical next step.” Hopefully cryogenic suspension will guarantee good sleep, but unfortunately we are not there yet. In the meantime, we have to exercise caution and utilise appropriate criteria when choosing a hotel.

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