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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I don't write end-user software because the support cost of providing end-user software is far higher than the support cost of providing reusable components for other programmers to use.

    That's because other programmers bring along their common vocabulary, ability to dig in to the details, and willingness to tolerate my foibles as a fellow "member of the tribe".

    End users just wanna push buttons.

    For an example of this, subscribe for a week or two to the NMS support mailing list. NMS is a great idea (replace Matt Wright end-user scripts with really good versions), but the mailing list gets the most inane bizarre questions.

    That's one great example of why I don't want to support end-users for free. I don't mind writing full apps for clients, who will likely pay me more to make further tweaks, and I don't mind writing CPAN modules, but I'm not about to lose the rest of my life supporting end-users for free.

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    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge
    • I know! But evidently, there are people who can be bothered to do this sort of thing: the PHP world is full of readily deployable shrink-wrap software.

      I don’t see any reason to call what you are doing “not JFDI” per Dave’s “MCPI” and consider it ivory tower pastimes or something.

      What we need to do is better encourage those who are inclined to write applications, as well as make it easier for them to package up their software for shrink-wrapping. (PHP apps are trivial