As a developer at one point in your live you will have to make a choice. Will you start developing software that you are going to sell. Or are you developing to aid those that have a need, at no cost what so ever. Or perhaps a in between!
I know your fellow citizens will appreciate it if you don’t develop free software as you will go on welfare. So most choose for the big piles of money and decide to start working for big / small companies that will pay you for your skills.
Personally I believe that’s a shame. Too many developers are going for the big bucks. I still develop website’s and software for free. Even though I have a paid job doing roughly the same. Not just because I think it can help others that need some free software. Doing this will also improve your skills.
So why don’t all developers spent some of their ‘free’ time developing free software. Well most just don’t wanna waist all their time. Good for them! But it’s also a problem when more and more freeware developers do this. Can you imagine what would happen if hospitals couldn’t get candy stripers. Granted not quite the same, but it gets the point across.
Until next time…..