October 19, 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 11, 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.
September 29, 2008 We write for audiences, we write for vanity, we write for some Adsense profit. Are we abandoning something precious when we begin writing for others, rather than ourselves? Or does writing depend upon an audience?