hi guys, the whole thing is a little sarcastic, but the method is real, if you work for it goal: - creating a full-automated web service which earns money for you (seo, or whatever); examples of successful ones: 1hour backlinks, linklicious, seomoz, etc. - that is where the real money is. code something like offervault? no problem. itchesforniches? no problem. etc, or - become a web developer and earn money with freelancing [this is really easier than you think and you dont really need prior knowledge]. i've tested this on my GF(no technical knowledge) and even she could grab the basics of what you will be dealing with fast requirements: - any computer on any OS with an internet connection (a celeron 600mhz with 512 of ram will be ok) - 10 bucks if you want your own domain name - a few months of time so what the hell is this about? you will learn to develop web applications with ruby on rails. ruby is a programming language and rails is a brilliant web framework. what you will need: http://ruby.railstutorial.org/ruby-on-rails-tutorial-book git http://github.com account http://heroku.com (freaking FREE cloud hosting which makes web development a BREEZE. they've just been sold for >$200MM. you got to pay for it when you exceed the limits, which are actually pretty high and can sustain a 1000 UV/day cached website. so until you earn with your web service you surely wont have to pay. later fees start from 15 bucks/month for a 20GB shared database, and you probably wont ever need to pay more than 100 bucks/month unless youre working on a very very high traffic website, like millions hits/month). heroku is hosted at amazon. a text editor or an IDE, i recommmend Sublime Text 2 which is multiplatform, free and awesome :]; later when your apps become bigger and you got some cash, a $60 RubyMine is great - i use both on ubuntu 11.04 everything of the above is explained in the book which is free the ebook tutorial is great, there are also awesome screencasts based on the book (15 hrs of videos); and i truly recommend them. available on TPB i would recommend still buying it if you finish the tutorial to reward M. Hartl somehow, awesome guy; but as it is BHW i recommend TPB first so the thing is that during those 15 hrs of screencasts you will write basic clone of twitter. awesome huh? when you master the tutorial i recommend the free http://railscasts.com/ which will help you with writing your own app. so... BOOM after 2 weeks you can write a simple twitter clone. now take a few more weeks off and learn more rails, develop some apps for fun which will simplify your life decide weather you want to become a startup or earn by creating apps that your clients think are very complicated and will pay you good money for them, but you will write them in rails in a few hours really. ... profit please dont be afraid of all the technical stuff, let me show you how you create a simple blog in rails (using scaffolds, which are not a good way to do it because they are harder to customize, but anyway): Code: $ rails new webblog $ rails generate scaffold Blog title:string content:text $ rake db:migrate $ rm public/index.html $ gedit config/routes.rb [INDENT]App::Application.routes.draw do resources :posts root :to => "blog#index" end[/INDENT] $ rails server fireup your browser and http://localhost:3000 a simple blog appears: http://www.sapphiresteel.com/IMG/gif/rails2browse4.gif now... why rails at all? and not django, lift, etc? cause its simpler, faster to develop, it has the awesome Heroku. some proof people use it: https://github.com/languages (ruby) http://rubyonrails.org/applications (ever heard of groupon or twitter?) also a nice and fresh comparison of rails and django: http://batsov.com/Ruby/Rails/Python/Django/2011/06/19/django-vs-rails.html try ruby in 15 minutes! http://tryruby.org/ another cool site for trying out, this time, Rails: http://railsforzombies.org/ thanks to winordietrying for recommending this book: http://gettingreal.37signals.com/ also a hilarious comic book for learning basics of ruby: http://mislav.uniqpath.com/poignant-guide/book/ have fun guys, i hope i will at least make 1 person interested in programming, nothing more.