ReadWrite: Why Developers Are Such Cheap Bastards

Dan Rowinski from ReadWrite talks about Why Developers Are Such Cheap Bastards. I had a Twitter chat with him about this topic. Here is the first paragraph from the article:

You develop software for a living. Why are you such a cheap bastard?

We’re not talking about your personal spending habits. If you are any good at what you do, you probably make a fair amount of money and spend it on whatever catches your fancy.

We’re talking about the tools you use to do your job. Developers expect, no, demand free tools and services to do their jobs. Whether it is analytic services, integrated development environments (IDEs), application programming interfaces (APIs) or software developer kits (SDKs), developers almost always refuse to pay for the tools they use to do their jobs. Many developers would rather go out of their way to build their own tools or use bug-ridden free tools than plunk down the money it would take to buy a service or subscription that could actually help them do their jobs more efficiently.

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