The Old Chestnut - Again
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Sat Nov 26 15:12:57 CST 2005
Dan Shafer wrote:
> On Nov 26, 2005, at 12:34 PM, David Bovill wrote:
>> No-one has managed to do this with software components yet. My view
>> is that due to the technology and community involved in the
>> Revolution environment - RunRev are uniquely placed to pull such a
>> trick off. Whether anyone agrees with me on that is another question.
> I have given up on this dream. In the 70's and 80's, several companies
> tried -- with true object-oriented platforms such as Smalltalk and Java
> -- to create viable third-party marketplaces for software components,
> to no avail. I think it's an unattainable objective, for reasons that
> are far too complex to go into on this forum.
There is one exception: components for Microsoft's Visual Basic. As of
five years ago the aftermarket for VB was estimated at more than $400
Of course, anyone intimately familiar with Microsoft can describe the
underhanded shennanigans Microsoft pulled to get that market going (oh,
the stories I've heard).
Among companies operating in any above-board fashion, there are indeed
few examples. Once upon a time Fourth World was the leading externals
distributor for SuperCard -- even before SuperCard's troubles under
Allegiant, selling components is just not an easy business to be in.
It's a low-margin, high-support proposition.
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