Jef Claes

On software and life

26 Apr 2011

A Real Developer is a side-project I built over the weekend poking around with WebMatrix.

It got a little out of hand. After publishing, I showed it to a few popular tweeps, and they were kind enough to mention it. 24 hours after the launch it has gotten over 3.5k unique visitors, 39k page views (see what I did there?) and over 240 submissions. Being mentioned by Scott Hanselman and Rey Bango helps.

I kind of felt like a mini - Mark Zuckerberg constantly refreshing the page and reading new quotes hours afer the launch.

I was somewhat surprised by how original and creative our community is. Some of my favorite quotes so far..

A real developer has changed live code in production at least once, begrudgingly. (by @jasonfamularo)
A real developer has code on his t-shirt. (by @stevenmilne)
A real developer knows family is more important than computers. (by @shanselman)
A real developer tries to write as little code as possible. (by @marknijhof)
A real developer works in the dark, but communicates with those in the light. (by @atcrawford)
A real developer understands code is nearly the same as an organic life-form that evolves. (by @stefandidak)

And so much more of them are awesome.

The future

I enjoyed the experience so far. I’m well aware that this buzz will end soon, but I’m going to try to maintain momentum as long as possible.

That’s why I am eager to hear your suggestions and feedback.

Requests received so far:

  • Make it possible to up- or downvote quotes.
  • Make a smart algorithm based on those votes.
  • Make it easier to link to quotes.
  • Twitter authentication.

I might open source this little project (it’s only 50 lines of code) and I might do a few blog posts on the making of in the next weeks.