How many CMSes (and similar applications that have user-admins) are created as opposed to standard CRUD / BREAD / reporting applications? My back-of-the-envelope is that it's probably at least 1:1000 and I'm probably underestimating the ratio by at least a couple zeros. Most applications are not meant to be installed, especially ones written in Perl.
Furthermore, the need for dynamic configuration is often overestimated. A simple config file that's loaded on startup is good enough for 99% of all configuration needs.
My criteria for good software:
- Does it work?
- Can someone else come in, make a change, and be reasonably certain no bugs were introduced?
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