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From Kim Haase <Camilla.Ha...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: [jira] Commented: (DERBY-2390) DOCS - Merge Working with Derby and Getting Started Guide
Date Wed, 14 Mar 2007 18:53:35 GMT
Good question, Dag. I think that distinction is indeed common in the 
software business, actually. We use the verb "productize" (which makes 
me shudder) to describe taking an open-source project and providing 
marketing, support, and so on. So Java DB and Cloudscape would 
ordinarily be considered products, while Derby would not.

However, I notice that the term "product" occurs from time to time 
within the Derby docs -- so I'm undoubtedly being too fussy about this.

Kim

Dag H. Wanvik wrote:
> "Kim Haase (JIRA)" <jira@apache.org> writes:
> 
>> Kim Haase commented on DERBY-2390:
>> ----------------------------------
>> On rgsdocs17307.html -- just a few things:
>>
>> I'm glad you caught the problem with the term "library. I don't
>> think Derby is technically a product, which implies something that
>> is sold; so maybe just "Derby documentation" would be a better
>> title.
> 
> This piqued my interest, being a non-native speaker. I was not aware
> that "product" mainly carries this connotation. I thought a product
> merely meant something made by a process of some kind, cf. for example
> this definition - entry #1 - I found on dictionary.com, from American
> Heritage Dictionary:
> 
> 1. Something produced by human or mechanical effort or by a natural process.
> 
> I did also find the meaning "commodities offered for sale", but is the
> latter meaning so predominant that most readers will assume a software
> "product" necessarily has a price tag?
> 
> Dag

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