The archie project provides a bonanza to the overused-cliche lover: “Necessity is the mother of invention”, “Invent a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door”, “Be careful of what you ask for: you just might get it” are just a few that come to mind. In the computer vernacular, archie began life as a “hack” from a group of people who were trying to accomplish a goal with the least amount of work possible. It was originally conceived as a quick and dirty solution to a problem without much thought to design structure, prototyping, modularization or any of the other buzzwords so often heard in software engineering circles. Little did we know at the time that within 2 years of its release it would be the most widely (and often) used information system on the Internet today.
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