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From: William Kempf (sirwillard_at_[hidden])
Date: 2000-10-06 08:34:37

--- In boost_at_[hidden], "David Abrahams" <abrahams_at_m...> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <jsiek_at_l...>
> > P.S. I think VC++ should be used as a prime example in the Justice
> > Dept. case against Microsoft. How else (other than monopolistic
> > pressure) could such a bad product also be the most popular?
> Maybe because idiots like us keep finding ways to coerce it into
doing our
> bidding?
> is-it-better-to-shoot-the-nag-or-call-the-vet-again-ly y'rs,
> dave

Actually, at one point in time, VC++ was one of the best C++
compilers available, especially on the Windows platforms. So they
locked in a lot of businesses which are slow to switch "standard"
tools for numerous psychological and economic reasons.

So, they didn't get a lock because of a monopoly, they got the lock
because they were the best. This may have lead to a monopoly,
however, and is certainly a factor in their deplorable stance of slow
adoption of the standard.

Bill Kempf

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