> Jeff Epler wrote:
> > I honestly don't know why anyone would spend money for a development
> > environment, no matter how fancy. I don't knowdefinitelye would develop
> > software in a language that doesn't have at least one open
> > implementation.
It's called (ROI) Return On Investment. If you can get that to a positive
number, then spending money on the tool is a no brainer. Given that one
caveat, a sane person will just do it!
If I can create something that earns $10,000 or more in profit, then the
difference between a tool that costs $500 and one that is free amounts to
small beer. IOW - it hardly matters! The only decision one needs be
concerned with is which tool is most effective.
> > It's a great way to get screwed when Borland goes under or decides
> > they only want to sell a new, incompatible product. What do you do with
> > your existing product when that happens?
Your existing products are not affected. The compiler tools you have will
work just as well as the day you bought it. Your ownership of the product
does not get revoked just because Borland dissapears.
> > Re-train on a new platform,
> > and re-write from scratch?
What do you do when an open source project you were using gets abandoned?
Hard to see much difference here.