"There are many reasons to build working prototypes when
building an application. Using open-source components to prototype
can make the process cheaper and faster, reducing the work required
later to build a deployable product."
"All developers prototype -- it's part of the iterative process
of modern software development. You code, you compile, you test,
and you certainly don't do all of that on a production system.
Configuring full-blown versions of your deployment platforms for
prototyping burns holes in your budget and manpower."
"Most major software vendors provide developer versions of their
platforms for this reason. Some are free, but these are normally
limited in their functionality by the number of users or limited by
"time bombs" that make the code usable only for a fixed period. A
smaller number are freely distributed, fully functioning versions
of current or older platform releases running on Linux. However,
all are best suited to development for a specific platform -- the
one they're based on."
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