I was curious what the meaning of "highway shops" is. It's related to the software industry, but I could not find much information about it. Also, I only found it being used in 2 places.

From this SO question:

Great library for Microsoft or the highway shops.

And also on this site:

Some places are MS-or-the-highway shops...

Any information on the meaning or etymology would be appreciated.


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Highway shop is not specifically a software term; however, shop means a place of software development.

The two responses cited are making a play on the aphorism:

My way or the highway.

The hyphenation of the second quote indicates that it is using the aphorism. The intended meaning would be:

Some businesses are Microsoft-only shops, with no possibility of using a non-Microsoft technology stack.

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