• Subject: Re: Software Vendors
  • From: Jim Langston <jlangston@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 07:29:50 -0800
  • Organization: Conex Global Logistics Services, Inc.

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Colin Williams wrote:

> Try taking your daily rate then putting overheads and profit on top of
> that,
> and you'll see that it is very expensive to develop software.

> Go to any software house and ask how much it will cost to develop even a
> simple report. Even if it is only 1 or 2 days, the cost will probably be
> in the thousands.

> Multiply this up for even a modest change to a software package, and
> then to a whole system. Very expensive.

Yes, software development is expensive

> So basically if there was unlimited liability for all errors in
> software, or perfect software, either software companies would all go
> bust fixing errors in software, or the software would never get
> developed, because they would run out of money before they made it
> perfect.

The developers put the bugs in there, not me.  As you stated, software
development is expensive, and I've already paid for that to buy your
software.  Why should I have to pay again to have your screw ups fixed?
Is this a, "Here's a package for $2,000.00.  That'll be another $3,000.00
if you want it to work."  That is just the type of think we are complaining

Just sell me the darn thing for $5,000.00 in the first place and be done
with it, but fix my bugs.  If you can't write a program without bugs, don't
sell it.

> I dont know if you work at a software house, but I have worked at
> software houses, and many development projects lose money, for various
> reasons,
> so there are two sides to it

Yes, that company I quit when the president put a bug in my code was a
software development house.


Jim Langston

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