About One Thing Well
The name of this site is paraphrased from Doug McIlroy’s famous summation of the Unix philosophy:
Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text streams, because that is a universal interface.
One Thing Well isn’t just about software that adheres strictly to the Unix philosophy, though; instead it aims to showcase the applications, tools and utilities that—you guessed it— do one thing well, with or without a graphical user interface, on any platform, be they commercial, free or open source.
In other words, if an application is small, simple, fast and, above all, useful, I’m interested.
If you have a product or service to promote, you might like to sponsor the site.
About the author
One Thing Well is written by Jack Mottram, a journalist, occasional web developer and Tranmere Rovers fan. Other sites by Jack include:
- mottr.am, a rarely updated personal weblog.
- Submit Response, a weblog that ran from 2001 to 2008.
- Tumble, one of the first tumblelogs, which ran from 2005 to 2008.
From time to time, developers send me licenses so I can review the full paid version of their software. My criteria for posting remains the same whether I receive a license or not—if the software is simple, useful and good, it gets posted; if not, it doesn’t.