[Tutor] OT GPL project finished, presentation looming

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at btinternet.com
Thu Dec 7 23:35:07 CET 2006

"Dave S" <pythontut at pusspaws.net> wrote

> They will be concerned about using my app because I am one person. 
> What if I
> get hit by a bus ! what if I leave ?

This is a common problem in big companies including my own.
For years they wouldn't even use the GNU software because it
was "unsupported". I even had to buy a commercial version of
emacs for about $300...

Eventually cygnus started offering support (for $5K per year)
and they allowed us to use emacs, gcc etc Eventually even
X windows.

Now they are more relaxed and we use Linux to run our
internal DHCP and DNS, even some web servers...

> ...(It appears that none of the
> company's IT professionals can program !)

That's also not unusual. In fact our company appears to be
slowly heading that way. We used to have 11,000 IT professionals
of which around 5000 were developers. Now we have 13,000 IT
professionals of whom about 1000 still write code. The coding
is mainly offshored to India and Eastern Europe. Our internal
people are being retrained on "higher value" roles like business
analysis, design/architecture, deployment/integration and
project management.

So I now program in python as and when I can and call
it prototyping...

They call it progress.

Alan G. 

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