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The Law of Software Envelopment

Author:Fredrik Lundh
Posted:7/6/2000; 10:35:05 AM
Topic:The Law of Software Envelopment
Msg #:18352
Prev/Next:18351 / 18353

the o'reilly article got it all wrong. the original quote talks about reading mail, not sending:

The Law of Software Development and Envelopment at MIT:
Every program in development at MIT expands until it can read mail.
- unknown

here's an improved version:

The Law of Software Envelopment
Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.
- Jamie Zawinski

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