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Amen, Joel

Excellent foreward!

Friday, August 1, 2003

"Yeah, uh-huh. Such programmers should be admired for their love of clean code, but they shouldn’t be allowed within 100 feet of any business decisions, since it’s obvious that clean code is more important to them than shipping, uh, software."


Mark Hoffman
Friday, August 1, 2003

Yeah, but why is clean code "more important"? Perhaps because they know damn well that in six months someone is going to ask them to "oh, just add this one little feature" and then they will have to pick up their, and possibly other people's, old code, understand it, and shoehorn a new feature in, without breaking any existing functionality and all within the time that F. Wit (Marketing) takes to go and get a can from the vending machine.

Henry the mild mannered janitor?
Monday, August 4, 2003


There is no possible business justification for having 3-4 YEARS between releases of your product. They have made an excellent browser on technical merit, and completely shot their business value in the process. They have NO market share, and they likely never will again, no matter how amazing the browser may be.

Netscape losts its position just as much as Microsoft won it. It was like they mutually agreed to just swap. Netscape didn't do the smart business thing and fight for their market share. Instead, they whined to the government while the programmers drove them into complete and utter failure.

Brad Wilson (
Monday, August 4, 2003


If I recall correctly, "government" actually ruled against Microsoft, stating it had abused its monopoly.

This indicates that Netscape had good reason to "whine to the government".

Martin A. Boegelund
Tuesday, August 5, 2003


Don't confuse "currently illegal" with what's right and wrong. Morality is not determined by majority vote.

Brad Wilson (
Wednesday, August 6, 2003

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