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  • DHH totally glossed over the two criticisms (unicode and speed).
  • I agree with most of what you say, but there's one thing you said that really jumps out at me:

    If you take Joel's argument at face value (and that's all it is, a philosophical statement devoid of data or a provable hypothesis), and look back 10-15 years ago, you'll find you have an argument in favor of the status quo: large, mission critical apps running on DOS/Win3.11 + Netware, written in dBase, FoxPro, Clipper, or their ilk. These tools were simply not up to the job, yet as demonstrated by countless unnam

    • Where is it that you worked 10-15 years ago that these tools were regarded as suitable for big enterprisey projects?

      A couple of places, actually. xBase was an acceptable platform in small business for records management and billing; I saw it used frequently in medical offices. But the projects I remember most were in finance, where these systems were managing multi-million dollar positions. These were also systems that were sold to multiple clients, in multiple banking centers around the world.