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Eating Your Own Dogfood

Nov 01, 2010, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon 'maddog' Hall)

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"One of my favorite sayings has always been "You should eat your own dog food". When applied to programming it quite simply means that you should use the code that you generate.

"I started saying this many years ago when I noticed that the Unix product managers at Digital Equipment Corporation were not using Unix in their day to day work. They had Microsoft Windows systems on their desktop, and would often go over to VMS to use "EDT" (the VMS text editor) for doing "real editing". One product manager at a very high level even admitted to "hating Unix", and when asked why they were the product manager of a product they hated said "Where else could I make this much money?"

"This attitude was not limited to product managers. Marketing people and management people at Digital often used either Microsoft or VMS to do their work."

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