When simplicity backfires

I put a lot of effort into refactoring a larger, more complicated library into the lean and simple Squiggle you see today.


bq. Freshmeat tries to avoid listing projects which fall below a certain level of size and/or complexity, and yours is unfortunately a bit too simple for our application index. Your contribution has been respectfully declined.

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  1. That’s ridiculous, Joe.
    Nice job on the library.

    • January 9th, 2004

    That’s really silly! Do the people at Freshmeat really think that size equals value? Or are they simply lazy? I’m puzzled…

    • Bungle
    • January 9th, 2004

    I agree with Aivars. Squiggle is useless.

    • Anonymous
    • January 9th, 2004

    I think freshmeat have some brain too. I no like squiggle. I wish i was Hanni because nobody read my blog and everybody read his blog.

    • Kristopher Schmidt
    • January 10th, 2004

    Squiggle-like functionality is not useless. I wrote a library that does almost the same thing; add some database metadata and a quick gui and you can get point-and-click arbitrary queries. Our clients love it, it’s that or a $10,000 report tool…

    • Trejkaz Xaoza
    • January 12th, 2004

    Damn you, I was thinking we needed something like that in my last job, and nobody wanted to write it.

    • Trejkaz Xaoza
    • January 12th, 2004

    Okay I just thought for about 10 seconds. Here’s the irony.

    My project, PHP-Mesh, is 14,827 bytes.
    Your project, Squiggle, is 28,915 bytes.

    Mine was accepted onto Freshmeat, and is arguably less useful than yours.

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