Bradley K. Sherman writes
> It is very common for a single successful run of a program
> to be the last use of that program! It is often the case that
> a simple graph or picture is the culmination of hundreds of hours
> of moving data from one form to another, filtering out
> noise, and applying a special purpose mathematical transform
> -- often some arcane algorithm thought up by Gauss after one
> too many Schnapps on a chilly night in 1843 and never before
> implemented in any form more concrete than a doctoral dissertation.
>> By the time the software is cast into a robust form, thoroughly
> vetted and outfitted with its direct manipulation interface
> for Curses, Windows , Windows NT, Mac, OS/2, OpenLook, NeXtStep
> Motif, VMS, ... and then retested for window manager idiosyncrasies
> the problem it solves may be of no interest.