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Comment One-off vs. Product (Score 4, Insightful) 253

To a scientist, their software is simply a tool, a means to an end. Their results and discoveries are what they really care about. When it comes to reproducing scientific results for verification, it is actually advantageous that another group not use existing software. Another research group using the same faulty software, with the same hidden bugs, will likely come to the same incorrect result.

Productization of software is a completely different exercise. You have to make your software work for a larger crowd on a plethora of devices. You actually have to consider how your software fits into the larger product lifecycle. The key difference here is that you have customers that you need to keep happy.

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