Ben Langhinrichs

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Wed 17 May 2006, 07:56 PM
Entropy:  Inevitable and steady deterioration of a system or society.
   - Dictionary.com (5th definition)
A good example of entropy touches on the issues I mentioned Sunday.  One of the on-line demos that we have had for years is Walden, which shows dynamic table manipulation using our Midas Rich Text LSX.  The demo used to work perfectly, but in some change to some other agent, I managed to break the Add functionality, so when you tried to add a new member to the fund-raising list, it failed to do anything.  It was actually making the change to the table, but not ever saving it.  I don't even know when the functionality broke, because nobody ever mentioned it, and our internal version works fine.  Since I mostly worry that a new version of Midas could break existing functionality, I didn't bother to test the web version directly beyond sorting the table.  It is only now, through a more consistent check on all existing demos, that I happened to notice this.  Who knows how many people have tried and given up, assuming the product couldn't handle the functionality.  That is the price you pay for a lack of vigilance.

Of course, if you happen to find something broken or wrong or unclear on our website, please do let us know.  Just drop a note to  and let us know.  In the meantime, I am really glad I started this process.  I'll let you know what else I find as I go along.

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