As the brains behind the latest and greatest app, you’ve built something that people will hopefully use a lot. No matter how much work you can put into hunting down potential problems before you launch, though, those users are bound to have problems. They will use a variety of systems, with obscure hardware or operating [...]
About Thursday BramThursday Bram has been fascinated with technology and business since she was recruited to work with a startup focused on launching rockets into space in high school. She has started her own business, written for sites like CNET and GigaOm, and thought a lot about whether space flight or the web are going to wind up having a bigger impact on the human race.
Deciding just what to charge for software is something of a black art. It’s particularly hard when you’re offering a mobile app: there are people offering their apps for free, which is very difficult to compete with if you really want to make money on your work. Traditionally, prices have been tied directly to the [...]
There’s no point in creating software if you never ship it. The only way to really succeed it to get something out there, in the wild — that way, you can see if it works and decide if you need to keep improving it. As Jeff Atwood says, you have to “do it in public.” [...]
In order to make money, you have to have a way for your customers to pay you. If you’re operating online, having people mail you checks just isn’t going to cut it. That means that you need to make sure that you get a reliable payment processor you can work with. But how do you [...]
Choosing whether or not to make your work available under an open source license is only complicated by the number of different open source licenses currently available: the BSD license alone has four versions that a coder might consider using. The Big Open Source Questions The big questions that you have to consider when deciding [...]