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A reason to never use a proprietary language

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I learned a completely different lesson about proprietary programming languages years ago. The problem covered in the article, however, leads to rather more abrupt hardships than I encountered.
On October 3, 2003, Appgen disappeared. The company's Web site went offline and the phones were shut off. Suddenly dozens of VARs (value-added resellers) who had paid $2,000 or more for Appgen developer kits were left without the ability to generate license keys for customers or a stable source for support. And some of those VARs are hopping mad.

We can't show you the Appgen home page; it's now a 404.
 read more | mail this link | score:7822 | -Ray, October 25, 2003
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