[LINK] Australian Government Data Centre as a Service

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Wed Mar 2 13:13:38 AEDT 2011

I am old enough, yes, alas...

But I'll pick one point, which I think lies at the heart of my reaction.

On 02/03/2011, at 12:58 PM, Roger Clarke wrote:
> In any case, these are still bespoke apps, not standardised apps.

As what point does, say, a very complex multi-layer Excel spreadsheet with a lot of coding stop being "a spreadsheet" i.e. a standardised app and become a bespoke app? I'm seeing it more as a continuum than as easy-to-separate categories.

Is the distinction when someone, somewhere, cracks open a general purpose programming language?

If it is, what about that ol' Visual Basic for Applications?

I'm not sure why I started down this path.


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