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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: [RT] The next shiny thing?
Date Sun, 04 Dec 2005 16:00:38 GMT
Daniel Fagerstrom wrote:

> Start a whiteboard prototype if you feel like it, but to me it seem 
> quite risky to try to rewrite everything from scratch, although I have 
> felt the urge myself countless time while struggling with the messy 
> internals. But before you go ahead and rewrite everything from 
> scratch, take some minutes and read why Joel Spolesky thinks that 
> rewriting software from scratch is the:
>  *single worst strategic mistake* that any software company can make

Although I most often find Joel Spolsky's writings very enlightning, I 
always disagreed with that one. And to understand why, consider what is 
your main browser and what mail software you used to write this. The 
headers say "User-Agent: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0 (Windows/20041206)".


> Leaving our core offering and rewriting everything from scratch means 
> community and product suicide, don't do it.

To last for a long time, a company/community has to make sure it has 
some customers/users. The new features in 2.2, if you look at them are 
more about managing complexity than bringing real new stuff. Is it 
something that will bring lots of new users? I don't think so.

So although we have to maintain the current code base, we also have to 
think about what should be our next offering.


Sylvain Wallez                        Anyware Technologies           
Apache Software Foundation Member     Research & Technology Director

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