We originally thought that the move from our second generation Visual Basic accounting software product
to .Net was simply going to be a conversion. The realisation, as we got more and more into it, was that the job was not a conversion, but a complete rewrite.
The name of the product, My.N, (which is pronounced MINE) evolved as the package developed. This came about because the system is so configurable.
The fields that are displayed on each
user form and their layout can all be controlled at runtime by the user. Even each menu and its structure can be managed and users are provided with a choice of two interface styles; standard Windows and Outlook style.
During the development process, the ability to personalise either interface meant that our testers
became very attached to how they had laid out their own interface. They actually became quite possessive about them. If we ever changed anything we were always told, "You can't do that to mine." From there, the name just stuck.
Once the marketing people got hold of the thread, there was no turning back!
Wanting to incorporate this personal element to the name, and needing to reflect on the almost exclusive use of Microsoft's .Net technology, the name My.N was coined.