blowing my own trumpet

Last night I was excited, honoured and suprised to win the Open Source Blog of the Year Award. But this isn't really an award for me it's an award for you.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for the blog, everyone who has given me inspiration for an article, Marc Ozin from ReformJudaism for nominating me in the first place and two very special people.

The original idea for the blog came from Fotis Evangelou who pestered me to start writing until it was easier for me to start than it was to shut him up and Chris Marinou who is the brains and talent behind the template design. Without the two of them this blog this blog would never have happened.

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Today after a very long time of waiting I've finally reached the age where I have the answer and I'm happy to say that Douglas Adams was correct it really is 42.

So for those of you that are still waiting I'd like to tell you that it really is true and life really is that simple.

In his now infamous book, The Cathedral and the Bazaar, Eric S Raymond wrote "Every good work of software starts by scratching a developer's personal itch."

  1. Once you've started scratching does the itch go away?
  2. Do you reach a point where the itch has gone but the software is not complete.
  3. If you do what happens next?

Writing a new piece of software can be hard work and time consuming. You slave away at it in your spare time for days, weeks, months and even years until it works the way you need it to.