[Haskell-cafe] Re: Hoogle and Network.Socket
jwlato at gmail.com
Wed Feb 25 18:24:31 EST 2009
On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 3:49 PM, Jonathan Cast
<jonathanccast at fastmail.fm> wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-02-25 at 10:23 +0000, John Lato wrote:
>> 4. Cross-platform concerns are something that responsible developers
>> need to consider, just like localization and i18n. I.e., why
>> *shouldn't* you think of that?
> Sorry, wtf? I have a *responsibility* to design software for a
> miserably poorly-designed God-awful platform I'd have to pay *extra*
> for, and even then couldn't get source to or *fix* if I found a bug?
> No. You don't control me, to the best of my knowledge you haven't done
> squat for me, and by trying to force me to develop to *that* platform
> you are actively attempting to harm me.
I'm not trying to force you (or anyone else) to do anything. All I'm
saying is that, as a developer, you should consider that your
unix-dependent software will never reach over 80% of the computer
users available. Now, I don't know anything about what sort of
software you write, maybe your market segment is big iron so you've
already made a decision to ignore Windows. Maybe you hate Windows so
much you want to deprive its users of your code. I honestly don't
care. As a former ASP.Net developer, I can assure you I have no love
By responsible developer, I meant accountable for decisions made
during development. It's fine to say you don't know if your code
doesn't run on Windows because you've made a decision to not support
it (or actively work against it, as the case may be). It's not fine
to say you don't know because you never thought about it.
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