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Thought-Provoking Commentary for the Lawson Software Community

Too clever for your own good?

I’ve never been a fan of complicated scripting, whether it’s shell scripts, Perl, python, or whatever.  The reason I don’t like it is because it’s usually written by developers who think they’re being “clever”, when what they are doing is costing their organizations money down the line, since their “solution” will need to be scrapped when no one can understand it. 

So, I’m wary of a statement I heard from a Lawson client who’s moving from Unix to Windows, and was worried about his Unix shell scripts not running on Windows, since MKS “does not accomplish everything we need due to the layers of nesting we do in the scripts”. 

If your script can’t be run under MKS with perhaps some tweaking, then it’s probably too convoluted to begin with, and you should be looking at a different solution.


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