October 20, 2008 Are you the best programmer in your project group? Are you a solitary contract developer? When the curtail starts falling, do you know you'll be the one who'll carry the project or be the last one crushed by its weight? Well, then I guess you're a Local Maximum. Congratulations, and my condolences.
October 12, 2008 An important part, although not particularly pleasant one, of being a contract programmer is that you're going to fail sometimes. In a business you might be reallocated to a new project, or not get the raise you'd been expecting. But as a contract programmer, you're probably not going to get paid. But, hey, life goes on.