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I love these stories of lone (perhaps obsessive) developers laboring in seclusion for months, only to emerge with some awesome new thing that we can all get excited about. Must be a great sense of accomplishment, and a strong incentive to keep grinding away.

There are actually a lot of people that doubted me, some very close to me, and above all, myself. I have had positive reactions in the past, but you never know when people might be "over" your work. There is no feeling quite like seeing people light up when you reveal something that you have poured your life into, and that feeling is multiplied by the inverse of your confidence.

joy = timeSpent * positiveReaction * (1.0-selfConfidence) :)

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