The Price of Homogeneity

By Doug Gaff

Today I installed a newer version the defect management
software I use for the commercial half of my job. Let’s call this
software Transparent Expedition or TE 7.0 to protect the
innocent. The previous version I was using was released several years
ago, as far as I can tell, and it’s not pretty by today’s UI standards.
So I was pleasantly surprised to discover that TE 7.0 is built on top
of Eclipse, albeit an older version (3.1). The user interface is clean
and logical, and it’s an easy transition from the previous version. TE
7.0 is not a plug-in, but rather an RCP app. Not bad! Now if only TE’s
massive performance problems with remote database access could be

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