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by Doc Pain on Fri 8th Feb 2008 17:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: YIKES!"
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By the same measurement Trabant was a good car since it could transport people between point A and B. It didn't do it safely or well but it did it.

Hey, don't complain about the Trabant, you could repair it with rubber tape and glue! :-) The Traband was a very service friendly vehicle, not comparable with today's electronically controlled blackboxes. In regards of comfort or security, the Traband could not impress, but it had other strengths. In a country that was low on ressources (GDR), the Trabant was a way to bring "luxury" to the masses. You cannot compare with today where an own car is nothing special, expensive or time consuming (you had to wait several years for your Trabant, as well as for a phone). The same way the GDR built cars, it built computers. Reliable and robust, but heavy and expensive.

It's the same way we talk about tools: There is not "the" tool for everything. You have to decide well which tool is the best one for you to accomplish a certain task.

The same is true for cars. And for (programming) languages.

Having said this, I'm gonna take a ride in a Barkas B1000 rescue vehicle this weekend. :-)

Not saying OSnews v2 and v3 was like Trabant (I liked both v2 and v3), only that "it works" isn't a good measurement of quality.

This is true. Quality is not all about working, it's about style and paradigmata, too. Is the code readable? Does it run reliable in every setting it is intended to? It is documented well and understandable? Does it check for errors, how does it handle them? In most cases, "just works" code is of low quality in these regards.

The "just works" solutions are usually the ones that prevail, and it's obvious: Why would you want to change (improve) something that's already doing what it is expected to do?

I liked v3 very much, but v4 now (!) works for me, too.

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