[sugar] Write needs your help (was Re: Programming environments on the XO)

Gary C Martin gary at garycmartin.com
Thu Jul 17 20:42:23 EDT 2008

On 17 Jul 2008, at 20:37, C. Scott Ananian wrote:

> $0.01: we shouldn't feel like shipping unsugarized apps is a failure:
> better an working app w/ crappy UI than no working app at all!

Sorry to disagree Scott. I'm not so sure... One 'crappy' UI or weak  
security riddled activity, leads to a dozen more, and then suddenly no  
one bothers and it's just a rush to slam in every random feature under  
the sun – I see a bunch of deviants creeping in and drifting from the  
Sugar spec already (won't mention names). I understand many hard core  
developers don't have much interest UI wise, that they think it just  
visual 'fluff' around their efficient set of classes (I blame badly  
taught CS classes and different personality types), but UI has a very  
large impact on user experience, and it is a good chunk of the reason  
that most *nix desktops have taken __SO__ damn long to get to  
mainstream (and perhaps why Apple are riding such a good wave just now).

As they say, one rotten apple can put you off the rest of the basket.


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