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Re: Tim Bray on "Which Technologies Matter?"


Re:  Tim Bray on "Which Technologies Matter?"
3/18/2002 9:17:36 AM, "Thomas B. Passin" <tpassin@c...> wrote:

>Windows?  Sure it had competition - Mac, OS2, Amiga, all of which were
>technically better than early Windows and also better for a user to interact
>with.

At the risk of getting off on another tangent, I think of "competition"
as being able to choose which product to buy, not the ability to 
buy an additional product to replace the one you paid for with your hardware.
PC's had competition, sure ... but I've never heard a compelling case that
Macs or Amigas hit the 80/20 point ...


>With Visual Basic, it was pretty easy for a relative newbie to create
>something, and not much harder to create something moderately useful.

Isn't that more or less the "80/20 rule"?  You can do 80% of what the
alternative offers with 20% of the effort ... of course, that last
20% is a killer.  That's VB's story, right? -- easy things are dirt 
simple, hard things are easier in C/C++/Java. 


>Hypercard would probably be a counter-example, do you think?

I've never been a Mac user, but wasn't Hypercard sortof the VB of the
Mac?  Easy things were dirt simple, hard things were easier in real code ...
What killed off/replaced Hypercard? ... that could be a counterexample.



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