I recently had this email exchange with my friend Geoff. I don't need to add any further commentary, but I've personally bet the farm on custom application development. Hmm.. He's what we said anyway:
Hows things? I'm in Luxembourg with Finn doing banking b****x for big bucks.
Bit dull here.
I went to the KDE developers conference in Ludwigsburg the other week and that
was really good - I wouldn't mind working in Germany. But it seems that KDE
custom development is always about 6 months away from taking off, I didn't
sense there's much in the way of contract work yet.
At least you're earning big bucks - I'm totally broke. But I'm finishing off
the ruby project, and it's certainly the most awsome RAD environment that's
ever existed. Not that anyone much knows about it..