A hundred or so Visual Basic programmers are cheaper to replace and
"maintain" than one good Delphi/C++ programmer. ;-)  That is the reason
management likes "Visual XXXX."  Been there, learned that.  Hire the
staff from the largest pool, not the most effective.  Besides it's damn
hard to be a prima donna, when your replacement is ready to jump off
that forklift and learn a cushy job.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Elrick [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2007 7:36 PM
> To: sqlite-users@sqlite.org
> Subject: Re: [sqlite] Improving performance of SQLite. Anyone heard of
> Devic eSQL?
> John Stanton wrote:
> > This also is an anecdote from some time back.  As we were signing a
> > fairly significant software contract with a large
> organization their
> > manager told us "You guys know nothing about marketing.  Your
> > presentation was unprofessional, no glossy brochures, no
> audio visuals
> > and we would not have bought except that you were the only ones who
> > convinced us you could do the job".  We just smiled and watched the
> > ink dry while we pondered "where did we go right?".
> >
> > The simple truth is that if you hype a product and sell it into an
> > area where it is inadequate your triumph is short lived and
> the scorn
> > and litigation enduring.  On the other hand if you deliver
> a solution
> > which works as well, or preferably better, than proposed you have
> > generated raving fans who will buy again and endorse your
> product to
> > all and sundry.  Which is the better model?
> To quote a former programs manager for Bank of America "the first
> solution which meets my business needs and performs the job
> adequately".  In this case, adequately can be defined as loosely as
> "doesn't crash too often" or as stringently as "positively no
> errors",
> depending on the business use.
> Keeping the discussion academic, "hype a product..." is a
> business model
> that apparently has been used to at least some degree by a company
> called Microsoft.  It tends to work because the model permits
> them such
> an early lead that even better products have difficulty catching up.
> I do most of my programming in Delphi, a Borland product
> which remains
> in my opinion, even in its shadow of former glory state, a far more
> straightforward and powerful product than Visual Studio.  Borland has
> always been a technical company, not a market driven one and its
> flagship product is surviving only because it remains a more well
> rounded Windows solution than its competition.  However, it is only
> surviving and is unlikely to actually thrive ever again.
> So my suggested answer is, the proven model is "dominate the market
> early with an adequate product".  If your product is very
> good and even
> better than proposed, all the better.  But if you are "Johnny come
> lately", you will likely lose unless your product is very,
> very good.
> And, whether we like it or not, a big part of market domination is to
> convince all the decision makers (management) and decision breakers
> (engineers with influence) that yours is the safest choice to make.
> John Elrick
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