Jayashree checked her savings balance online while her program compiled. Just enough rupees to cover rent, but what would she do for food? She started up another little program of hers that queried all the shared iTunes playlists visible in the Internet Café where she was working. The program then copied the top 20 songs based on quantitative parameters she defined – essentially popularity. CDs from that were easy to sell in the market around the corner.
Technically as an interpreted language, her Ruby on Rails program didn’t need to compile – but she used that term out of habit. Both programs completed at nearly the same time. She began ripping CDs off the purloined iTunes playlists. That would cover her food for the month. The other program would make her rich.