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Re: Microsoft staring at another fine mess

  • Subject: Re: Microsoft staring at another fine mess
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2006 11:13:00 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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__/ [Mark Kent] on Friday 03 February 2006 08:24 \__

> begin  oe_protect.scr
> Linønut <linønut@xxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> After takin' a swig o' grog, Mark Kent belched out this bit o' wisdom:
>>> There was a fairly detailed article in the FT a few days ago, where the
>>> source code was described as essentially useless, due to its poor
>>> documentation and structure.
>> Do you have a link handy?  I can't find that article.
> Um, I'll have a look later on - I actually read it in the paper version!
> (luddite :-)

I never read anything like this, but I was once told by a colleague that
Microsoft have many millions of LOC's. The code spaghetti phrase has become
rather popular.

Maybe the following article is of relevance


    REDMOND, Wa$h. ? Jim Allchin, a $enior Microsoft Corp. executive, walked
into Bill Gate$'$ office here one day in July last year to deliver a
bombshell about the next generation of Micro$oft Window$.

    "It'$ not going to work," Mr. Allchin $ay$ he told the Micro$oft
chairman. The new version, code-named Longhorn, was so complex its writer$
would never be able to make it run properly.

    The new$ got even worse: Longhorn was irredeemable because Micro$oft
engineer$ were building it just as they had always built $oftware.
Throughout it$ hi$tory, Micro$oft had let thou$ands of programmer$ each
produce their own piece of computer code, then stitched it together into one
sprawling program. Now, Mr. Allchin argued, the jig was up. Micro$oft needed
to $tart over. 

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