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Friday, November 07, 2008

Microsoft's decision grid of death

Coincidentally, after writing my post on Monday about developers' risks of being locked in or abandoned by their development platform -- something that we've seen time and again -- I came across this post on one of Microsoft's Visual Basic blogs.

It seems Microsoft believes this decision grid, rewrite vs. migrate vs. reuse vs. replace, is a normal part of application development. Well, guess what? It's not. Rather, it's a statement of their failure to support their developers and their customers. At Alpha, our developers never have to consider a grid like that.

As I've said so many times before, developers often choose platforms such as Microsoft's because they feel it's the safest bet. But over the past few years, Microsoft's Visual Basic and Visual FoxPro developers (among others) had to throw out 100 percent of their code, and rewrite their apps from scratch, in order to take advantage of a newer platform.

For those who didn't see our white paper on application development risks on Monday, I'm putting it out here again today, because I think it's such an important topic. Unless, of course, writing the same code you already wrote again from scratch is something you like to do. We're not judging.


Anonymous said...

Just FYI, Visual FoxPro is fully compatible with its predecessors. Code written in FoxPro 1 is still working under VFP 9. This, of course, does not mean VFP developers will throw their code later...


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