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From: Paul Vickers
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In other words, as I have been trying to say for several weeks now, a method is only any use if it helps you to solve a problem. Some methods are more useful than others inasmuch as they tell you what sort of problems they are able to help you solve. JSP and JSD are good examples of this: there's no point in trying to use them on the sorts of problems they were not designed to help with.
The main difficulty with most methods is that they claim (pretend) to be general-purpose and so do not really help you very much with any *particular* problem.
As for evidence. Well, this is always going to be near impossible to get because there are just so many variables to take into account and so empirical evaluation is just not really possible.