On Malik has a nice post on “programmers who refuse to climb the corporate ladder; or kowtow to the whims and fancies of venture capitalists. An increasing number of talented coders are setting up shop on their own, developing niche products for under served markets and making a decent living…Many of these folks work in anonymity. The business press is unlikely to write about them; the technology trades are too busy focusing on products from the big corporations. But these people are worthy of our gratitude and deserve the publicity because they produce they produce useful software.”
Much of the blogosphere and the tools that have emerged is about the lone coders (and the lone writers).