VW 2.0 on NEXTSTEP for Intel ?
> Yes, as a matter of fact I spoke to a sales rep from Parc Place
> yesterday. He said that NeXT is a competitor. He said that NeXT was a
> nicer front end (I believe he meant esthetically) but was considered
> less 'open'.
> Anyway, he said there will never be a version of VW for NeXTs.
This attitude will ultimately result in ParcPlace ceasing to be a viable
competitor in the market. It's self-defeating for them not to support
their product on a "competitor's" platform. It's arrogant and foolish
not to simply make the product available on such platforms - it won't
hurt ParcPlace, it will help them, because more people will have access
to their product, and people who use the competetive platform (possibly
because someone else told them to) will have the choice of paying for
the privilege of using ParcPlace software for development.
I am not currently a Next user, nor do I have plans to be. However, I
have seen the damage done to companies (especially small, naive, arrogant
startups like ParcPlace) in the past by this sort of attitude toward
their users and potential users. I used to work for one such company,
and it has since been through bankruptcy and is now barely surviving and
might as well not be. Great technology by itself will NOT produce long
term commercial success - you might even conclude the opposite if you
look at some case studies. You have to make supporting the customer your
top priority, because if they can't readily use your product to get their
work done, the product won't survive no matter how good it is.
Well, enough of that. I hope someone at ParcPlace is listening - their
survival depends on it.