Good Software Takes Ten Years. Get Used To it.

Around 1996, the New York Times first noticed that new Netscape web browser releases were coming out every six months or so, much faster than the usual 2 year upgrade cycle people were used to from companies like Microsoft. This led to the myth that there was something called “Internet time” in which “business moved faster.” Which would be nice, but it wasn’t true. Software was not getting created any faster, it was just getting released more often.


Software, like wine, needs time to mature. Get used to that. It doesn’t mean that you cannot get your 1.0 fast, but don’t think it will be a mature product.


From The Best of Joel on Software.