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By bloid
Published: Nov 12 2007 / 16:20

I don't know what it is about elephants, but they sure work well in analogies. Whether we are ignoring them, seeing pink ones or trying to sell white ones, elephant analogies seem to communicate ideas well. An elephant analogy came to me when I was recently grilled about exactly when the JavaFX Script compiler team will deliver our first milestone release. "I can't give you an accurate date," I said. "It's like pushing an elephant through a door*; until a critical mass makes it past the threshold you just don't know when you'll be finished. Once you pass that threshold, though, the rest happens quickly and in a manner that can be more accurately predicted." And then the tension in the room broke, as I think everyone has been in that situation sometime in their respective pasts.
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