[Catalyst] What a waste of time

rails coder railscoder at gmail.com
Thu Apr 27 01:00:40 CEST 2006

On 4/26/06, Cory Watson <jheephat at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am quite interested in why you would label Catalyst as 'consulting
> ware' then accept paying $22.50 for the Agile Development PDF (which
> is what I'm assuming you purchased) for Ruby on Rails.  I have nothing
> against buying a PDF... I think it's a great idea.  I'm just at a loss
> to explain your rationale.

How about because:

1. the book exists

2. it only costs 22.50 (you can't even get catalyst devs to laugh at you for
that price)

I'm not that cheap, and I would have paid for a decent catalyst book or paid
somebody to write a decent tutorial, if such book or willing person would
have been available.  I won't pay somebody several hundred, or even more
than a thousand dollars, to explain how their poorly documented software
works when other well documented software is available.

Asterisk devs are using the same "consulting ware" business model.. the
documentation is incredibly poor to non-existant, and none of them will
share their setups with you. There is always this attitude that "I spent
months/years learning/developing this thing, it doesn't hurt you to spend
months/years learning how to use it via trial and error/humiliation/newbie
pecking order/whatever... When they write a decent book, I will buy it. I
don't have months of free time to waste learning by trial and error.

On top of all that, the catalyst installation still sucks ass, even if one
can manage to do it sucessfully.

This project really needs to get a clue about attracting new users (unless
they simply don't want many).

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