I may expand this into a series on software products in general. Years ago, I wrote a post on the similarities between the Rocket Scientist and SAS Enterprise Guide. Neither made a great first impression, both revealed their brilliance over time, and I am still with both lo these many years later.
Experiencing both SAS Web Editor and SAS On-demand this semester, I have to say this …. (well, I don’t HAVE to, but that’s never stopped me before) …
SAS On-demand is like a guy I dated who was on the Olympic team. You’d look at him and think,
“Gee, he should be a winner. He’s certainly got good genes and when he shows up, he looks nice.”
He was a nice guy, too, but just thick as a brick. Just like SAS On-Demand for Enterprise Guide, he meant well, but I couldn’t count on him to keep up. I don’t have to worry he’ll be reading my blog and get his feelings hurt because that sentence involved both “reading” and “blog”. Actually, I could have stopped at the word, “reading”. So, it came down to this,
“You know, I think we should see other people. We’re just not compatible. I’m really interested in a faster lifestyle.”
The positive thing about dumping people who are really dumb is that they don’t realize you’ve dumped them until a couple of months later, if ever. Just like my old boyfriend, SAS On-demand for Enterprise Guide might turn out okay and it is certainly fine for some people. I happen to know he married a very nice, not-too-bright woman and they have charming, athletic, attractive, moderately intelligent children who will probably run for Congress some day.
SAS Web Editor is like the promising young men I’d like to introduce to my daughters – intelligent, quick-witted, good-looking and seems likely to have a very good future. Really, it looks exactly to be SAS running on Linux with just a shiny front-end. Kind of like that guy getting his Ph.D. in computer science, but he’s cute.
(Of course, none of said daughters are actually getting introductions to men from me. They have told me in no uncertain terms that they don’t need my help in getting dates. Random picture of sample daughter presented below as support for this hypothesis. Also, a camel family.)
If you would like to compare your most (least) favorite product to a person of the opposite gender, please feel free to chime in.