Re: Flawed software

Subject: Re: Flawed software
From: Kent Newton <KentN -at- METRIX-INC -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 11:13:00 PST

On Tuesday, February 06, 1996 10:49 AM, TECHWR-L wrote:
>Skrev Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>:

...snipped original question...

>>Of course. The APPLESOFT ][ REFERENCE MANUAL, which was included
>>with Apple ][ computers around 1980, was a wonderful example. It
>>described the actual behavior of every BASIC function, including
>>examples such as (I'm making this example up, but it's accurate
>>in spirit and tone):
>>
>>INPUT VALUE RESPONSE
>>0-255 Returns the nth element of the array
>>255-32765 Generates an "OUT OF RANGE" error message
>>>32765 Hangs the computer. CONTROL-RESET must be pressed
>> to regain control of the keyboard; the program in
>> memory will be lost.

...snipped ad for winword book...

>I would have thought only an independent author could produce a work
>so uncompromising. It says much for Apple that the company would have
>allowed its in-house writers to publish such information, and even
>given a copy to each customer.

It may also say that Apple didn't bother to read or QA their book before
publishing.

Kent Newton
Senior Technical Writer
Metrix, Inc.
kentn -at- metrix-inc -dot- com


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