Yogi Berra on Computer Performance Work

berra_yogi1Yogi Berra is one of the best catchers in baseball history. He is also known for his gift for creating memorable, and humorously mangled, quotes…

“There are some people who, if they don’t already know, you can’t tell ’em.”

He was good at what he did, served his country honorably in WWII, and was married to Carmen Berra for 65 years. He clearly has played the game of life well.

Although I doubt Yogi ever worked with computers, some of his “yogisms” seem to apply to the field. Here are a few of Yogi’s thoughts that resonate with key disciplines of computer performance work.

PERFORMANCE MONITORING
    “You can observe a lot by just watching.”

CAPACITY PLANNING
    “Prediction is difficult, especially about the future.”

LOAD TESTING
“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice there is.”

PERFORMANCE MODELING
“The future ain’t what it used to be.”

PRESENTING YOUR RESULTS
“I never said most of the things I said.”

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