Apr 30, 2011 at 2:24 PM
Edited Apr 30, 2011 at 3:56 PM
> What he really misses the point with, is how Orchard is designed to be extended in those areas. But that's something you can only really get first hand by actually diving in and building stuff.
I just read the techrepublic post, and it reminds me of the early days of 16 bit Windows. There would always be these shootouts between Lotus 123 and Excel where someone with a stopwatch would measure load times.
The key takeaway form the analogy to the early days of Windows is not how good Windows was (or was not), but what it became. Does anyone still run Lotus 123 or VisiCalc?
The more interesting question is what does it take to move a "great prototype" into the dominant platform? Windows originally shipped with a powerful SDK and a good C compiler, it was definitely designed to be extended. Say what you want, but until Microsoft
released Visual Basic, writing programs for Windows was simply too difficult for many (most?) people.
If I give Justin James the benefit of the doubt here, I think what he is saying is that most people will give more weight to the features and maturity of the CMS itself and less to what platform it is built upon. In other words Microsoft Word would never
have beat out Wordperfect simply because it was a Windows app, it beat out Wordperfect because it was a better word processor, irrespective of platform (with apologies to Wordperfect lovers).
and until Orchard is buffed out like Wordpress, Drupal, Joombla etc. they will not select Orchard simply for its potential.