Archive for March, 2005

Bootstrapping for success

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Greg Gianforte, CEO of RightNow Technologies, gives us 8 reasons why bootstrapping a business is best. It seems he’s speaking from good experience:

And I started RightNow Technologies - which went public August 4, 2004 and as of this writing has a market cap of $350 million - at my desk in Bozeman, Montana without any external funding whatsoever until the company was well-established with 400 customers.

via Business Opportunities Weblog

REALBasic for free

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

REAL Software is providing REALBasic 5.5 for Windows Standard Edition completely free of charge in response to Microsoft’s discontinuation of Visual Basic 6.0 support. The offer is good until March 31, 2005.

The issue of software cloning

Monday, March 28th, 2005

Scott Kane, moderator of the newgroup, recently linked to an article about the issue of software cloning. The article appears to be from 2000 but the issues still exist today. The author states:

I am also amazed by the fact that the people who create software clones do not seem to realize that their actions undermine the very software that they are cloning.

Are we on the radar?

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Martin Weber feels that microISV’s are not on the radar of development tools companies. He looks primarily at Microsoft’s soon to be released Visual Studio Team System and writes the following:

While enterprise editions are often targeted at (larger) teams of developers they strip off too many features of professional editions to be suitable for a MicroISV.

I agree with that statement if what you’re looking for is an all inclusive solution, but there are plenty of companies out there that provide the microISV with free or inexpensive solutions that are fully integrated into Visual Studio. Eric Sink’s company, SourceGear, is a perfect example with his Vault source control product (free for one user) and Dragnet bug tracking software (ballpark price of $99/$129).

Microsoft is definitely not overlooking the microISV either. Jeff Sandquist recently hired an evangelist who will be working with the microISV community. We should be seeing more microISV related information coming out of Redmond in the near future.

Microsoft announces Visual Studio 2005 pricing

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Microsoft has announced the pricing and a simplification of the MSDN subscription services for the upcoming release of Visual Studio 2005. Promotional pricing is being offered for developers who wish to purchase an MSDN Universal subscription today which will allow customers to upgrade to VS 2o05 once its released.

It has also been reported that the release date of VS 2005 Beta 2 has been pushed back until April but the product release is still expected in September at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference.

Map to success

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

An article on looks at the value of creating a business plan to use as a roadmap for small business success. The author suggests:

If you want to make a commitment to being your own boss, begin by investing your time in developing a business plan. Through the business plan, you are testing your idea, calculating how much you will have to sell and at what price to break even and to make your enterprise profitable. This is information you want well in hand before you take the risk and hold that grand opening.

Decompiling Programmer-Speak

Monday, March 21st, 2005

Tom Evslin offers a list for CEO’s to decipher the true meaning of programmer-speak. Some examples are,

“It’ll be done ASAP.”
Translation: There is no schedule yet.

“That feature shouldn’t add any time to the schedule.”
Translation: There is no schedule yet.

The list is humorous but several comments on the post state that Tom is right on target.

Tom’s second post of this series takes a look at the meaning of “Done” in regards to software projects.

Source code metrics

Friday, March 18th, 2005

Mark Miller discusses source code metrics to discover which parts of your application are too complex and could benefit from refactoring. He provides explanations of several issues that are somewhat controversial when gathering metrics on source code, such as the value of comments within the code. In addition to the explanations, Mark lists the values that can be applied to the different code parts used to generate the score and a table to decipher the meaning of the results.

via Alex Lowe

Personal code repository

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

Recently I’ve been using Gmail as a code repository for a lot of the small code snippets I create and I’ve found it to be very helpful since the mailbox is searchable. No more opening all of the little text files I used to have spread out across my computer. You can even take it one step further and use Gmail’s Labels and the ability to star conversations to be able to find things very easily.

If you’re in need of a Gmail account, I have quite a few invites available. Just shoot me an email and I’ll send you one.

How we work

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

Rodcorp has put together a list of stories and anecdotes about how people relate to the work they do. Most of the people on the list are artists, writers or actors but there are entries about Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun Microsystems.

Buzz Additions

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

Several applications have been added to the microISV Buzz. Each of the listed applications is tracked for then number of mentions on the web via the Technorati API. If you would like to have your application listed, use the Submit Information link to the right or leave your app name and url in the comments.

The applications added in this update are:

CoffeeCup HTML Editor
Forte Agent
Moffsoft Calculator
Registry Mechanic
Spyware Doctor

Choosing a name

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

For a lot of developers, coming up with a name for your software or your business quickly becomes an exercise in frustration. An article on StartupJournal takes a look at the name game that many businesses go through when trying to create a new brand. Their take on it is ultimately,

A little less attention to branding — and a little more to the beef underneath the brand — makes all the difference.

microISV Profile: Clarke Scott, Vivid Software

Monday, March 7th, 2005

This month’s microISV profile is of Clarke Scott, founder of Vivid Software. Clarke is developing a CRM application that is not yet launched so we have another view of the microISV life that hasn’t been profiled yet.


Joe Indie looks at luck

Friday, March 4th, 2005

David over at Joe Indie has a post about luck in the indie development world, and how your luck may require a lot of work. I especially like this quote:

The lesson is that sometimes we all get lucky. We’re in the right place at the right time and doing the right thing. The bitch is that you can’t know when that’s going to happen. All you can do is: keep doing your best and never give up.

Quick Development related links

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

No Free Silver Bullet Lunch

What is UML?

Examining the Cost of Change

Just Barely Enough Design

Extreme Programming - Its simple.

Starting a Company - Superhacker + Phoneboy Philosophy

How to get ahead in the software development business

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