How awesome is awesome?

It’s been over two weeks since I’ve joined Binpress and by now I’ve got a nice inside view at how things are going. Up till now I’ve made whopping   two components, my already presented General use Matrix Class and my newest creation the Sudoku Solver and Generator. While I haven’t racked up any impressive sales yet, the market seems promising. You get nice exposure, a nice way to sell your code and whats most impressive, it’s growing and it’s doing it fast. Every week there are several new components, developers are joining – over 1000 have joined since I’ve started if a Facebook page is a good estimate. But that’s not what makes Binpress stand out.

What makes Binpress stand out is it’s customer care, they care about the quality, you and your pricing offering great advice on all fronts. Submit a component and there’s a 99% chance that they will give you some advice on how to improve it. They help you market your components which is great if you’re just starting out. I don’t say that Binpress is perfect, but they really take care so that it comes as close as possible to perfection. They constantly shed out new ways to market, new functionality and support. After this two weeks you get the feeling that they just want to succeed and do as good as possible.

There are several reasons why I’m writing my second post about Binpress. The first one is to make you help see the difference between what it looks like and what you actually get. And to be honest it’s like What You See is What You Get. The second reason is to promote them a little bit since the more people are part of it, the better it gets. And the third reason is shamelessly to join the competition that’s running these days. While it’s not quite up to their last programming competition where they were giving a total of 40 000$ for the first three places it sure is nice to win and Ipad2 or Motorila Xoom. Yes, you can choose and all you need to do is to write a nice post about them.
Did I mention that besides the 1st place prize 10 other candidates will receive 100$ Amazon coupons to use.

Hope this is enough to make you join us and spread the community.

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It’s been a while

I didn’t post anything for days because of some personal stuff I had to do. But while most bloggers would say I’m sorry I will blog more often and stuff like that, I’m just going to write my next post.

My component finally got approved and while it isn’t making any revenue yet I hope it will in the future. It’s a more general matrix class written in C++ so it can aid developers in their development not wasting time on writing and testing something that might be essential to the algorithm but tiresome to do. It got the seal of approval a few days ago but Eran Galperin wanted to discuss my pricing. No the price was not too high but too low considering an increase to get better revenue. Other than that their interaction with the developers is phenomenal and they really care about you and try to give you good directions.

You can see the component @ Matrix Class.

The egg just hatched!

The egg just hatched. I’ve finished my first component and submitted it for review on Binpress and while I still have to wait for it to get approved, knowing that my first checkpoint has been reached is a huge relief. Now it won’t be a gold mine for sure but anything above zero is currently an achievement. Anyway, I’ve decided it’s time to put some color into this blog since I’ve just made the first checkpoint.

I have a few more ideas for components to increase my repertoire and possibly my revenues, for now I have personal stuff to concentrate on so there wont be any components coming up in the next 5 days or so.

As soon as the component is approved I’ll make sure to put it up one here for some comments.

Working hard for my dream

I’ve planned to release my first component to binpress later this week but since time doesn’t wait I’ve done a nice bit of work on my component so it’s almost done. I need to prepare the introduction and explanation text along with a reference guide that should be done by tonight. Currently my only problem is that I have some other real world obligations so I can’t focus 100% on my “empire” today. I’ll keep you posted and hopefully well see the first fruits of my work in the next 24 hours.

It’s still just an egg

Going from paper to actually doing something is probably one of the toughest parts with every idea. It takes serious planing, big decisions and huge determination and patience.

I’ve managed to pass this barrier and do something instead of dreaming. Since my first goal is raising some budget and online was the way to go, I’ve decided to use some of my skills and start going.

Now a little about me, being a young guy knowing my way around computers isn’t really something to amazed with, but I’m that tech guy who’s been in the area for quite some while now. I’ve been coding for over 6 years by now mostly C/C++ though I know various other programming languages. Being in the subject field for that long surely makes you gather an amazing amount of knowledge. Actually I’ve managed to put myself through to go to the IOI this year in Thailand, and that not being my first Olympiad. So yeah, I have the skill to make something useful and actually sell it. What I needed the most is a marked, freelancing is way to overcrowded to make an easy start for a newbie with no reputation. So I kept searching, and one day, the most awkward thing happened to me, I’ve thrown a look at some Facebook adverts and found something that might be of interest for me. But hey when did adverts become useful? Anyways I’ve managed to go past the initial disgust about adverts and clicked the advert “Top-Notch Coder” – a marketplace to buy and sell source code…

The next thing I saw was a rather neat website, some geeky stuff and a nice introduction. It kept me interested, a neat interface with soft words that offers something I just needed at just the right moment, so I kept reading.
Some info here, some info there, read this, read that after a while I’ve decided it was something I just wanted so I’ve decided to make an account. Now that took time, I had a lot of other stuff to do so I kind of kept pushing it on my calendar especially because you need to show some work to prove that you’re legitimate and that you know what you’re doing. Since I’m young and had little professional work to show off it was time to work up some neat source code to submit. It took a while, since I took it serious, I wanted it to be as good as possible including a little biography. A week passed since I started preparing my application for a developers account but the moment came and I’ve submitted it full of some kind of energy. I’ve clicked the submit button and stared at the computer. It said you need to wait for approval, well I knew that but I expected some more action. Since I’ve submitted it on the weekend I had to wait till Monday. Monday morning, I just woke up and there was a new e-mail. Spam again went through my mind since I don’t have much traffic on that mail address. Soon was clear it was my mail of approval and that now I’m a proud member of the development team and that I’m free to submit my first component to the market. Since then another week has passed and I’m working on my first component hoping to publish it this week. That will be my first step to starting to generate some income.

Off course the site I’m talking about is Binpress seems marvelous and is marvelous, and being only about half a year old seem like just the right time to jump in on the train.

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