- About Us
I wrote my first free software as an exersize in programming - I hacked up a version of a public domain search engine from dr dobbs and played with it, extending, and modifying it until I got a grasp of reverse indexing and how far you can push it with different types of backend. It was downloaded by about 5 people but I didn't care because I learnt a lot, and while at university this matters - its nice to be able to show people real code when you graduate.
I wrote my next piece of free software several years later - it started as a quick hack as part of an internal company project - the company later folded and I continued working on it as a hobby while looking for work.
That was about 2 years ago and since I started I have been in fulltime employment almost continuously since. Now the application has been downloaded about 20,000 times and has absorbed some smaller projects and will absorb another project soon - it has pretty much reached the point where I will have to hand over total control and start using a public CVS with some other authors working directly with the code rather than just sending me patches.
Its a strange feeling - it means the project is obviously a success, other people like it and use it enough that they want to code it.
The reward I have got from this projects have been