[lazarus] Localization site

Michael A. Hess mhess at miraclec.com
Mon Sep 16 12:50:38 EDT 2002

Marco van de Voort wrote:

> The big problem with reusability, is that it is perceived to have no
> additional cost, which is typical for beginner and non- programmers.
> And also that reimplementation with an example in the hand is much faster.

I have a case in point at this very moment. I have a course that I 
completed for a client. It had 59 files of html, js, gif, and jpg. They 
totaled 758K in size. It would actually fit on a floppy.

Since delivery the client decided they wanted to use the same look and 
feel of another course which of course uses the SCORM/AICC layout and 
control. So they sent me a CD which has another course on it and said 
that it should look like this one. They felt that since this one was 
already done I should be able to just reuse the code and ... hey I would 
be finished.

Well of course I just can't reuse the code, I have to totally throw out 
everything I did and rewrite it to use this other companies structure, 
which will take me at least a week to figure out. Then I have to add in 
all of the overhead LMS control files. So if I just take my above code 
data I have to add an additional 370 files at a total of 2.1 Meg to 
deliver the exact same thing and it will cost the client the same amount 
they already paid me for the course plus more just so that it is in a 
reusable format. That will never be reused.   :-\

Talk about selling someone a pig in a poke.

==== Programming my first best destiny! ====

Michael A. Hess      Miracle Concepts, Inc.
mhess at miraclec.com   http://www.miraclec.com

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