Swimming with the Razorfishes

Sunday, February 08, 2004

If you liked Joel's article, read Scoble's response.

A "developer productivity gain."

As a user of the software, I really don't give a shit about a developer's productivity gain if it comes at my expense. It is an absurd argument. At least Apple knows not try to woo Windows users by claiming that the OS X development environment is more "productive" for developers.

As corporate manager, I'm not impressed with a developer's marginal productivity gain if we have to upgrade all the hardware and test and license and roll out a new operating system to all the clients in order to get that gain. Oh, and the environment is so different that the majority of developers will lose productivity while they learn how to build and deploy systems with the new tools. Maybe a bunch of developers in India can find more "productivity" with my current infrastructure?

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