From: Roger Johansson
Subject: Re: Problems with Electronics Workbench
Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 19:39:53 +0200
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"Kevin Aylward" wrote:
>The demo is much bigger then you might think. You can only have 30
>components on a top level schematic. However, you are allowed one level
>of schematic hierarchy, in which, in the demo mode, you can have 20
>components. You can therefore have 30*20=600 components.
So this is the "save-limitation" you talk about on your site?
>> You might find more success by giving away the prog and maybe even
>> make it an open source project, so others could help develop it and
>> maintain it after you have gone on to other things.
>I don't think that I would want to embarrass myself by having anyone
>look at the code:-)
Aha, that is why programmers keep the source code a secret :-)
I have been irritated at some programmers who do not organize their
user community in an efficient way. Or they don't even have one.
Like the RemoteKeys programmer who has very bad docs, an unstructured
mixture of german and english docs, no mailing list, no advanced users
who help beginners with the program, and help the programmer develop
the program. This system wide macro program is also very buggy, and he
does not realize that he needs help. www.freewarehits.de
A rather good example, on the other hand, is the Proxomitron
programmer, Scott Lemon, who has a lot of help from his users and is
present in the mailing list very often.
(Which is not necessary. The advanced users can be a link to the
programmer, reporting interesting things to him and taking care of the
user group for him.)
He seems surprised at all the help he has gotten lately when a group
of "webdesigners" launced an attack on his download sites.
Proxomitron is the best web filter program and the "web designers" got
very irritated as the prox group develop filter for the web crap
faster than they can develop new web spam methods. www.proxomitron.org
A good program needs a family, a community which takes care of the
program and develops it further, even if the original author is
occupied with other things, or if he dies. As long as the programmer
wants to take care of everything all alone the program develops at a
Unfortunately most programmers are less talented in such strategic
overall decisions than they are in programming.
They are often a-social loners who have buried themselves in
programming rather than realizing that programs need cooperation
between a lot of people. A hundred eyes see more than two.
Putting a password on the demo, and requiring them to leave their
email address puts off a lot of people even before downloading the
A potential user might think that this is obviously another typically
paranoid programmer who is guarding his program with email address
registration, password, save limitations, time limits, etc..