Eating Your Own Dogfood

“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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