It always works on my machine.Published 18 January 2012 10:17 am
Probably the most common question that the Red Gate developer tools support gets is “Does your X work with Y?” where X is your bit of software and Y is a bit of software made by a different company. This is probably the least answerable question in the known universe. Start with the obvious – “Does X work?” – full stop. Because with millions of possible configurations in Windows, it’s entirely possible that it won’t “work” at all. But I can personally guarantee you that it “works on my machine”! Second of all, what does “work” mean? Several things that come to mind:
- Can X and Y peacefully coexist on the same computer?
- Does X extend the functionality of Y?
- Is X a replacement for Y?
- Can the output from X be processed by Y?
- Does the new version of Y cause the old version of X to fail?
- If I run X and Y at the same time, will it Div/0 and open a hole in the universe?