The Inner-Platform Effect

Daily WTF: The Inner Platform Effect -- "The Inner-Platform Effect is a result of designing a system to be so customizable that it ends becoming a poor replica of the platform it was designed with." Way too many examples these days. Think Java-based enterprise systems that can be configured into everything via XML files, but ended up not good at anything. Well, I have also personally designed a few such systems, and have learned the hard way that an overlay customisable system is usually not a good idea.