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  • Yeah, "enterprise software" is often of very poor quality, and designed poorly, because it is developed under tight deadlines. No time to think things through, just ship it!

    Compounding this problem is the turnover at proprietary software companies. The best way to get a raise is to switch jobs. The *only* way to avoid ever-increasing responsibilities is to switch jobs. As a result, people switch jobs frequently, and there is a constant refrain of "don't touch it, we don't really understand it any more". Combined with low code quality caused by deadline pressure, this results in the "lava flow" antipattern. []
    • The original version of Vignette was actually pretty interesting. It was not a CMS so much as a web development system created by some apache hackers at They hooked into the 404 handler to generate missing content on demand and then cache it so it could be served statically. A daemon process would clear out expired items. This is better than a pre-generation strategy (like Bricolage and Krang use) in some situations, especially when you have a large amount of content but only some of it gets l