|300 engineers take forever writing anything
||19 Apr 05
Nice post by Elizabeth D. Rather
Heh, that reminds me of a time in the late 70's, when IBM came out with a
new "mini-computer". We put Forth on it for a customer. Our standard
system came with a database capability, multitasker, multi-user support,
lots of other features. Another customer was considering this machine, and
we made a presentation on our software. Some IBM engineers were also there.
They said, "This machine has only been on the market for a few months. We
have 300 engineers writing software for it in Boca Raton (Florida), and they
only have a macro assembler and simple executive running so far. How could
you have done all this with only one engineer?"
Well, I said something about having a standard design implemented in high
level that was easy to port, but of course the real answer is that 300
engineers would take forever writing anything!