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From Chris Anderson <>
Subject Re: [ann] Relaxville, test suite reporter
Date Fri, 16 Oct 2009 05:43:07 GMT
On Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 7:49 PM, Oliver Boermans <> wrote:
> 2009/10/16 Noah Slater <>:
>> I think the real problem is that it is has nothing to do with CouchDB, heh.
> Any good design solution needs the problem to be defined upfront,
> otherwise the only tool at your disposal to measure it’s success is
> personal and likely irrelevant.

I'm a big fan of the personal and irrelevant aspects of software. What
gets me going about CouchDB is the idea that everyone can run their
own version of their favorite software.

What if Gmail was as hackable as Emacs?

Cinnebar, I think you should go crazy with your crazy headers, I'll
probably keep whatever I release clean and simple, but if someone
kicks up a theme engine, and a way to swap those around, even better.

> So I would first ask a few questions regarding the intended context
> and purpose of the design in question:
> - What does it need to communicate?
> - Who does it need to communicate to?
> - etc
> If you are looking to brand a tool it’s useful to define what the
> proposition is for potential users first.
> What does CouchDB offer that distinguishes it from available alternatives.
> From my experience with it so far “Relax” is excellent starting point!

Chris Anderson

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