Bob on Development

December 14, 2006

Who the heck is Bob Grommes and what does he have to say?

Filed under: General — Bob Grommes @ 8:13 pm

I’m not going to insult your intelligence by suggesting that I have anything to say that hasn’t been said, by somone, someplace. However, I have been quietly making a successful living designing and building software for clients for almost a quarter century. I’m not your typical God-on-a-pedestal globe-trotting dynamic public speaker. I am a published author — if my two Inside FoxPro books from 1993, and a smattering of articles from the same time frame, still count.

Most people don’t realize that to make money authoring tech books you have to work the conference / seminar circuit and other book promo opportunities — after initial publication (called “front listing”), marketing is entirely the responsibility of the author. And what I discovered back then, was that while I was capable of doing it, and doing it well, I positively hated it — the hotels, hotel food, travel, and being “on” to “perform” on someone else’s schedule. It just wasn’t my bag.

What I did love, aside from crafting software, was communicating through writing — that has basically laid fallow for around 10 years. So here I am, turning up like a bad penny, to provide hopefully useful ideas, thoughts, technqiues, and insight into what it is to find fun and profit as an independent software developer. I hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.


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