from the determining-what-works-best dept.
tachin asks: "We've all been hearing about software as a service industry as opposed to manufacturing, there are some differences that favour that view, but I wonder if the type of industry affects the fundamental design of a software system. Considering the differences between those two types, are there some software constructs that are appropriate for one type of industry but would be undesirable for the other? As economies everywhere are becoming more service-oriented, what are the main characteristics a software system must provide to work well in such environments?"
The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to
hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.