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  • You forgot the bit where you sell out for huge amounts of money :-)

    Seriously, making money in sustainable amounts seems to take three different sets of skills

    1. Programming skills to develop the site/application/content
    2. Design skills to make the site compelling
    3. Business skills to market the site, identify opportunities to make more money & sell the thing for a handsome profit

    You very rarely find all of them in one person. In my opinion this is why 37Signals are successful with RoR, combining the skil

    • I never think of selling out as a life line until I need a life line, then I always seem to find myself wondering about the prospects fo selling out. This has been going on for many years with me. Way back when, I'd pouting threaten to myself to start a porn site. Then it got to the point where so many people had done it, and enough had done it well, that there really wasn't much money in it any more. Then I'd toy with the idea of pimping myself out to do SEO. My resume was first page on Google for "computer programmer resume", but not once did someone email me and ask me how I did it and if I could do it for them, but I always figured that these people are dumb as hair anyway and I'd have to run ads anyway. Now people don't really give a shit about SEO any more. Either they gave up on the idea or just decided that no one could really reasonably do it for them -- by everyone I mean everyone short of major companies and independant scammers, doing it for themselves, who still take it seriously. Then for some time now, it's been malware and botnets. I keep reading on Slashdot that the source code for these infections are widely available and easy to customize.

      So, I keep thinking I should do something like this, just to pay the bills. But then, if I'm going to be morally flexible and be a sell out to my profession, I might as well just write Java.