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dev tools - small market

I heard from a lot of people that they do not recommend to start creating a software company to create dev tools. Erik?

I'm a developer and after 7 years of programming I'm very frustrated of the plumbing work and how uneasy to create applications that the company I work for do.

Yep, maybe I want another app builder tool, and I know how these work, usually it doesn't fit for all size and for all needs. Still, I think that with a decent tool I would be able to reduce my work from 2 months to 1 week, at least that would be my goal.

I'm thinking something similar that Deklarit or Webputty do, but for offline smart client and client-server scenario, with the ability to sync/merge databases.

Any comments?

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

As long as you will be the only consumer of your new dev tool, I don't have a problem with it :-)

I mean, every big software developer should have their own frameworks/libraries/IDEs/what have you.

If you can do that and still build something on top of it then it might be interesting.

Anything else may be a hard sale.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

IMO, the safest market (at least in USA) is the small biz market, as long as MS isn't already meeting the particular need.  Forget developers !

Small biz has more money than consumers yet needs more reasonably-priced problem-solving software than their larger cousins(who can often solve these day-to-day issues inhouse).

Joe Hendricks
Tuesday, April 20, 2004

As a side, at the same time with the app builder I want to build 3 separate products for 3 different fields, as it will prove for me that serious applications can be built with the tool.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

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