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17. Eiffel > Reusability and Genericity

Reusability and Genericity

How does Eiffel deal with change and the evolution of the programs?

Bertrand: Together with reusability, extensibility was a major goal from the start. To a certain extent, this is the reason why Eiffel continued because, as I said, we had initially devised Eiffel as a tool for internal use, not as something that we would sell to the rest of the world. The event that really made us reconsider and think about making Eiffel more widely available was when developers started saying that the big difference with languages that we were using before was that they could change their minds much more easily and not be punished for their hesitations.


  

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