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: Finally, as I already mentioned, the question could be about Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. For instance, if a new version of Microsoft .NET Framework comes out, there is a doubt that your program will not function correctly with it. I’ve heard of a dutiful network administrator mass-emailing every vendor he has bought any software from when a new version of SQL Server is on the horizon – “Does X work with the new version of SQL Server”? I believe it’s a bit lazy to ask a question this way and you may not get the answer you expect, unless you are perhaps more specific about the particular functionality you are interested in.
It always works on my machine.
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