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From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>
>> Even if previously well-maintained, the value of code without the
>> who wrote/maintained it is often $0.
> Spoken with true programmer hubris, and precisely why
> so many of you work for managers with English or History
> degrees.

If you're willing to buy a significant piece of software that even the
developers who wrote it won't work on anymore, there's a bridge in Brooklyn
with your name on it.

> The very best code with no market has a value of zero.
> If the market is still using it, the value is not yet zero.
> Otherwise a lot of freeware would be worthless.  Say PFE.

Utility and market value are two different things. Most English or History
majors understand that. That's one of the reasons they spend their time
managing instead of posting to newsgroups. ;-}

Bob Foster


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