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Re: Customers concerned about Web development using Perl

by CountZero (Bishop)
on Jun 21, 2010 at 07:05 UTC ( #845678=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Customers concerned about Web development using Perl

I have a feeling your customers' concern has less to do with Perl per se, but perhaps more with the fact that you use your own homegrown custom CMS.

From a business continuity point of view, such is called a "single point of failure".

Coding a custom CMS in any other language or even making a site within the framework of any of the more popular applications, will not alleviate this fear: you will still be the only one who knows what makes the custom CMS tick.

It is not because anyone with two connected braincells codes PHP sites that they will be able to maintain some highly evolved website (even one written in PHP) with many bespoke modules and functions.

In essence, the decision your customers must take is: do they want a run-of-the-mill website straight out of one of the popular site building applications or do they want to have a site specifically tailored to suit their needs? And depending on your customer's answers, you will have to (re)position your business.

CountZero

A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James


Comment on Re: Customers concerned about Web development using Perl
Re^2: Customers concerned about Web development using Perl
by bradcathey (Prior) on Jun 21, 2010 at 11:33 UTC

    Great insights. Thanks for the head slap that I knew some Monk would provide given the nature of a post like this.

    I have a feeling your customers' concern has less to do with Perl per se, but perhaps more with the fact that you use your own homegrown custom CMS.

    I think that about sums it up. And your challenge of comparing a CMS off-the-shelf vs a custom one is a good one. I have showed them live demos of both Joomla and mine and I think they see the profound differences (the publishing model of all the aforementioned PHP CMS's, and mine where if you want a new page you create a new page and not an "article"). I explain that ours came out of a request from client using Joomla and it was just too complicated for the folks in their office trying to keep up the site.

    So, I have a viable product, I just need to put it all in the most favorable light and position it as something simple and intuitive...and easy to maintain.

    —Brad
    "The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men." George Eliot

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