The Programmer As (Starving) Artist
OSDN head honcho Robin "Roblimo" Miller thinks that many programmers may end up writing code without getting paid directly for their work. He's got a point.Discussions about code as poetry and how code and art differ from each other are not new, but the growing popularity of free software among both developers and users may make software developers more like artists than they have been in the past in one very important respect: A majority of programmers may end up writing code without getting paid directly for their work. Perhaps, before long, "starving programmer" will be as familiar a phrase as "starving artist" is today. If software is free, how will programmers earn a living?
Ive spoken and written enough about free software for audiences unfamiliar with the concept that Ive probably heard and answered this question at least 1000 times. The stock answer goes like this:
Bye-bye, sweet success
I think Im going to cry
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