Writing software is fun, finishing it sucks

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, October 7, 2003, 10:50 AM | comments: 0
I really like to write code. I keep getting better at it too, which keeps me motivated and moving right along. The underlying code for this site, for example, is elegant, and I'm not afraid to say it.

Back in 2000, I realized that the forum software I wrote for one of my Web sites would make a nice little side-project to sell, that surely someone would buy it. Buy it they did, and it was fascinating to me that you could essentially do some work once, and then sit back and collect credit card payments.

Unfortunately, my little niche that was bringing in spare cash started to really die off in early 2002, in part because there were some mediocre free alternatives that were good enough. So this year I've been working for several months on a new replacement that takes a better approach, seperating logic from presentation entirely, and essentially providing a toolset that will let developers do pretty much anything.

So right now I'm finishing the documentation and making the UI pretty. That's a struggle, but I guess I have to do it if I want to sell it. It's just not as interesting when I'm already using it for my own purposes in an acceptable manner. It's hard to be motivated too when it's cold and all you want to do is sit around, eat and think about getting naked. Damn the hibernation instinct!

Looking for 70's by the end of the week...


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