Good software takes 10 years by Joel Spolsky

… ​that’s just the first ten years. After that, nobody can think of a single feature that they really need. Is there anything you need that Excel 2000 or Windows 2000 doesn’t already do? With all due respect to my friends on the Office team, I can’t help but feel that there hasn’t been a useful new feature in Office since about 1995.

So, it takes a long time to write a good program, but when it’s done, it’s done. Oh sure, you can crank out a new version every year or two, trying to get the upgrade revenues, but eventually people will ask: “why fix what ain’t broken?”

slow down, or your existing customers will stop upgrading. They’ll skip releases because they don’t want the pain or expense of upgrading.

from https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2001/07/21/good-software-takes-ten-years-get-used-to-it/

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Author: Michal Zuber

Full stack developer, biker and rollerblader. Owner and developer at https://nevilleweb.sk/ Co-founded http://neville.sk/ Blog at https://michalzuber.wordpress.com/

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