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Old 12-27-2014, 07:03 AM
 
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It's a way to make money without being employed by someone. Something you can easily get into nowadays.

But it is sure hard to program a nice complicated program like Music Creator 6, Photoshop, or Sonar X3.

Or it would be nice to make a video game. There are video game making programs out there, many have free editions for you to try them out or learn on for free. See this thread: Ever Thought of Making a Video Game?

I'm thinking about making Android, Windows, and IOS programs too. Do you know of a Programming system that would program application for multiple OSs? Something like Visual Studio but easier or better, and well documented?
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:16 AM
 
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Yes. And I never made any money on the market.

Created a game but I couldn't figure out how to sell it on the market. Eventually sold it to IBM. They never did anything with the game, but used the AI in their statistics software.

Created a Photoshop filter. Sold it to Adobe. They made it 100x faster and built it into Photoshop.

Created a bunch of mobile apps. None made any real money on the market. Sold it; have non-disclosure.

Look into Cordova. You can have one code base work for web, iphone, android, windows mobile, etc. Here's the platforms it supports: http://cordova.apache.org/docs/en/4....form%20Support

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Old 12-27-2014, 10:39 AM
 
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I write a very large LOB suite as a contractor (for my former employer), and write my own plug-ins to that system that I sell directly to the client's dealers.

So I make money every month from my own programs. I'm also in the process of writing an additional web app that will be subscription based and marketed to those same clients (of my client).

I've also written two Android apps that make a small amount of money each month (a nice dinner or two each month).

Cordova / Phone Gap is one option for writing multi platform apps (but non native apps), and there are options for using it via Visual Studio (not sure of anything free, or anything that can use the express versions of VS).

Xamarin is another option. It uses C# and Visual Studio to build native apps for multiple platforms. It's free to get started with, but you don't get VS support in the lower end versions (and may need a non express version of VS).
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Old 12-29-2014, 05:39 AM
 
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Thank You for your replies!

I guess that's why you guys hate piracy, you program programs and would hate to see them pirated.

Hey NJ - what specific Photoshop filter did you invent? I probably don't have the know how to program such stuff. It's depressing you didn't make much making mobile apps, I guess because so many on the market are free.

S.W. -- what's an LOB?

Uh... Programming actually is not my career, but it is a strong side interest. I'm discouraged to be an actual programmer because of H1B abuse in the IT industry, and that it's hard to get hired as a programmer unless you're really good.

So what the best multi platofrm development platform out there?

Maybe I'd go with Xmarin so far.
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Old 12-29-2014, 08:29 AM
 
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Thank You for your replies!

I guess that's why you guys hate piracy, you program programs and would hate to see them pirated.

Hey NJ - what specific Photoshop filter did you invent? I probably don't have the know how to program such stuff. It's depressing you didn't make much making mobile apps, I guess because so many on the market are free.

S.W. -- what's an LOB?

Uh... Programming actually is not my career, but it is a strong side interest. I'm discouraged to be an actual programmer because of H1B abuse in the IT industry, and that it's hard to get hired as a programmer unless you're really good.

So what the best multi platofrm development platform out there?

Maybe I'd go with Xmarin so far.

LOB stands for Line of Business, and generally refers to systems that are designed for a specific industry or that are critical to running a business.
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