I started a thread similar to this over a year ago but decided from the replies that renting a script was the best way to start. But now over a year later I've decided doing it that way doesn't really give you any knowledge or real control. To start with I still don't know anything about coding so I haven't got my own script, but back then fortunately I had the funds available to use hosted catching for a year, which wasn't cheap. Won't name any names but didn't really have much luck with it although not really being much of a domainer I didn't load anything in it very often, maybe once a week, if that. I have the money to buy another year but everything considered it was just a waste of money for me personally, but lesson learned. I then used another hosted catching service for a little while but that was a waste of time really, and money. Then bought a script off somebody who was helpful in advising and setting it up, but in the end turned out to be yet more money down the pan. There were a few issues with hosting etc and not knowing anything it's hard enough knowing what to ask let alone understand any answers and it's not nice to keep bugging the person that sold me the script. Being able to use places like domainmonster etc I have had better luck, but it's rare to get something "good". In fact the best catches I have had for my own purposes haven't been listed on domainviews droplist luckily for me so I've been able to book them at several places, and I'm also surmising that there's a lot less competition from private catchers if possibly not as many of them maybe know the domain is dropping. Anyway, as I said I don't know anything about coding but I've come to the conclusion that the only way to get any real knowledge and control and possibly some success like some do on this forum is to learn to code and write your own script. I'm not sure if that's unrealistic? I've seen a free complete beginners guide to c++ course on Udemy. One of the first videos suggested using Eclipse and Minge or whatever it's called and so I've got them installed and working and have started following that the last day. I know I'll have to learn all about servers, latency, pinging, timing etc as well and setting it all up etc and it's probably all a lot to learn and being completely honest I'll probably get bored or something and move on, but we'll see. I'd be interested to know though if anybody doesn't mind sharing, is there anybody on here that wrote their own script that learned how to code in their own time, or did everybody learn at school, college etc?