22 Oct 2000 Dacta   » (Journeyer)

guerby: I'm in Australia, and I don't know a single person who works on shrinked-wrap software. I'd say 70% of the programmers I know here work on internal IT projects(1), and the rest work on applications sold to and customized for other businesses. I don't know a single programmer who works on an application which is aimed at the home user or even small business market.

Going by some online discussions, I suspect that it must be very different in the 'States. For instance, once on K5 I was discussing Java programming, and I said a large proportion of software for business is written in Java. People thought I was talking about MS Office type software, which I hadn't even considered(2).

(1) This includes a lot of outsourcing, where a company hires an IT consulting company to come and write something for them.

(2)Perhaps that was my fault for not explaining myself better, but I honestly hadn't even considered that when I said Java software for business people would think of Office type software.

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