summon their cars that already happen to be parked.
Who get's the $10 tip?
they will leave in bugs [...] to ensure any apps relying on that continue to work. I've submitted my share of bugs that ended up in the "won't fix" pile due to this.
This is often not good for any API. What tends to happen is the another function with the bug fix is created and then you end up with groups of functions (A,B,C,D and W,X,Y,Z) that have apparently the same functionality, but if you mix calls between the two groups you end up with the most obscure and difficult to find bugs. I suspect that this, and the half a dozen different string pools account in large measure for the legendary instability of Win32 API applications.
You can bring any calculator you like to the midterm, as long as it doesn't dim the lights when you turn it on. -- Hepler, Systems Design 182