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[liberationtech] Stop promoting Skype
rsk at gsp.org
Fri Jun 7 14:18:37 PDT 2013
On Fri, Jun 07, 2013 at 10:18:25AM -0400, Griffin Boyce wrote:
> I'm also going to go against the grain and say that most services
> don't *need* to be integrated with each other.
I'll join you in that. I'll go one step further and say that in many
cases, integration is a very bad idea. Interoperability? Sure.
But not integration.
I suppose this is because I very much buy into the "Software Tools"
philosophy of Kernighan and Plauger: a tool should do one thing and
do it well; tools should play nice with each other. That's why, for
example, sort(1), cut(1), grep(1), tr(1), and wc(1) are all different
tools, even though they could be combined into one -- and why they work
beautifully when used together. And that's why, as a counterexample,
Exchange is a bag of crap. (To be precise: a *big* bag of crap.)
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