Re: "delete" asserts in debug build, multiple inheritance (msvc 7.1)

"Alex Blekhman" <>
Mon, 12 May 2008 22:28:35 +0300
"Alf P. Steinbach" wrote:

While some few MS products are really extremely good (the Visual
Studio debugger springs to mind, while the rest of that product
is very bad), MS products generally sell for three reasons only:
(1) an established de-facto monopoly, (2) that MS has the
manpower and $$$ to do things that require manpower and $$$, not
ability, like e.g. grammar checking or clip-art, and (3) the
embrace and extinguish tactic, which is a business model, not
technical ability.

You can sell crappy software once, but you cannot sell it over and
over again to millions of people. Even though MS uses the above
mentioned tactics in order to advance its sells, it cannot rely on
them alone. If SW doesn't do the job it was intended for, no dirty
marketing tricks will help.

You mentioned MS Word as the example of a lousy application. With
all its bugs and quirks I can't replace this application with
anything else, even though I hardly use more than 30% of its
features. All other alternatives I tried were worse or much worse.

MS products are not ideal, but in comparison with others I find
them easier to use and more productive. I think that your main
mistake is that you think that most of MS products are made for
you, experienced computer user who willingly explores an
application's settings and pushes its features up to the limit.
Overwhelming majority of computer users on the planet are not like
you. They hate settings and buttons. They follow what application
suggests and are happy with it.

You get very different perspective on such things when you ship a
product to hundreds of millions of users. I'm sure you're familiar
with Raymond Chen's blog and so you know to what extent they
should go sometimes in order to maintain backward compatibility
with [badly written] popular SW.


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