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Response to Hugh McBride's (of McBride Financial Services)

Write a response to Hugh McBride's (of McBride Financial Services) e-mail message to Smith Systems Consulting, sent October 12. You can access the Internet and Intranet Web sites of McBride Financial Services and of Smith Systems Consulting from the Virtual Organizations portal. The e-mail message is located in the McBride Intranet under Administration à Communications.

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Bullet Points Addressed:

1. What's the significance of the "programming language" to my business?
2. You have mentioned two major contenders/vendors for our software application - I believe you said one was Web based and one was not - I'm guessing that probably means different languages - what does that mean for my business in terms of support, ease of use and maintenance?
3. What are you going to recommend and why - again with reference to his remarks.

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Let's start out by addressing the three bullet points in the question:

What's the significance of the "programming language" to my business. What are your comments about what he said.

The first place to start is to read David Welton's article, The Economics of Programming Languages ( which I have attached as a .pdf file.

From Welton (2005):

"Programming languages, like any product, have certain properties. Obviously, like any other sort of information good, production costs in the sense of making copies are essentially zero. Research and development (sunk costs) are needed to create the software itself, which means that an initial investment is required, and if the language is not successful, chances are the investment can't be recouped."

"This applies to many information goods, but programming languages also have some qualities that make them special within this grouping. Namely, that they are both a means of directing computers and ...

Solution Summary

A response to Hugh McBride's (of McBride Financial Services) e-mail message to Smith Systems Consulting, sent October 12.