(Un)Fair Technical Criticism

It is grossly unfair to judge an engineering project
by standards which have been proven attainable
only by the success of the project itself,
but in the interest of progress,
such criticism must be made.

From "Ambiguities and Insecurities in Pascal,"
by J. Walsh, W. J. Sneeringer, and C.A.R. Hoare,
Software - Practice and Experience,
v.7, No.6, Nov 1977, pp.685-696