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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