Joel Spolsky, founder of Fog Creek Software, posted Is the Tech Recession Over? yesterday on his Joel on Software blog. He wrote:

OK, it’s just one data point. All I know is sales of FogBugz and Copilot. But what I’m seeing is this: October-December 2008 were terrible—sales were 20% lower than usual—but starting January 5th, we saw a significant bounce back to the same level of sales as we had before this recession started, and it’s continued to this day.

As my favorite programmer-sage Mike Trigoboff would say: “from your lips to God’s ears.”

In his post Joel links over to comments on his companion site Business of Software, which are also very interesting. And somewhat hopeful too. Several software people added comments on their own sales, and most of those comments are encouraging.

Joel’s blog is always a good read, and good to follow if you’re living and working or even thinking of living and working in the software industry. He’s not just a software entrepreneur, he’s also a blogger, an industry leader, and a good writer.

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