Questions about running a software development business.

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Finding developers for collaboration in enterprise open-source project [closed]

I am a founder and only developer of an open-source software designed for a small subset of enterprises. It was originally developed for and now runs at one of businesses of the type it was designed ...
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PHP and Ruby: how to leverage both? and, is it worth it?

As you might have noticed from the title, this is not a "PHP or Ruby", or a "PHP vs. Ruby" question. This is a question on how to leverage PHP + Ruby in the same business. I myself am a PHP ...
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Made a windows gadget for the local tram company without request. What now?

I'm too lazy to look at a pdf/table when the next tram is, so I did a windows widget that always tells me when the next one is. You can add, edit and delete trams to be watched. I don't work for this ...
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How much to each part? [closed]

I have been involved in a project and now it is coming to an end. The good news is the company will start to commercialize the software which is specific software to ISPs. As a programmer / developer ...
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Should I be looking for developers with specific skill sets or generalists that need to learn? [closed]

Thanks to the great help of this site and SO, I've been able to make a prototype of a software I want to sell but unfortunately although the prototype works I think my code quality is very low. I ...
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Hiring programmers for small companies? [closed]

I've been running a company for nearly 10 years, and all this time it's been just myself, another programmer (who's a great friend and cofounder), and a salesman (who's also a friend). Together, we've ...
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What are perspective fields and options for self-employed, one-man team developer? [closed]

my wish is to get self-employed as one-men team, being a part of IT industry, not bound to anything, anyone and being able to work from anywhere, anytime...kinda freelancer job. However, making this ...
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How to budget for a programmer you're not ready to hire yet? [closed]

I am trying to work up a budget for an app, specifically a budget for hiring a third-party programmer to add a specific feature, and I'm trying to figure out how to get a decent number. The ...
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How to let users share custom code content under the mobile app store restrictions?

Situation Mobile application store owners are known to explicitly forbid some application extensibility scenarios. Apple: 2.7 Apps that download code in any way or form will be rejected 2.8 ...
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What would be good factual arguments to convince high level management to consider functional programming? [closed]

There are tons of "theoretical" arguments for why functional programming is a Good idea (too many for that to have stayed as an open question, and correctly so). However, most of them are arguments ...
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How can I sell a legacy program rewrite to the business? [duplicate]

We have a legacy classic ASP application that's been around since 2001. It badly needs to be re-written, but it's working fine from an end user perspective. The reason I feel like a rewrite is ...
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Desktop to Web - How to deal with user-interactive workflows

I start a new project this summer, consisting in developing a web version of a proprietary desktop ERP. The main goal of my company is to be able to propose a web version of its ERP, with all ...
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Is it Typical for Large Software Companies to Not Document or Refactor Code? [closed]

I have begun working at a large software company and was assigned to a project that is over a million and a half lines of code. It's part of a program suite that is sold to clients (not an in-house ...
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How much should Developers interact with Clients? [closed]

A philosophical discussion has come up in my department that I'd like p.se's opinion on. We're a 6 person development department inside a 60 person IT shop. All other departments are growing FAST, and ...
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How do people make money by writing programming languages? [closed]

Why will anyone even attempt to write a programming language? It seems to be a tedious task and the alternative (simply using an existing language) seems to make much more economical sense. ...
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I want to sell my software along with it's source code. Is there a licence restricts anything but in-house changes? [closed]

Is there a license that: Allows the client to make in-house changes to the tool/source code if need be. Prohibits to redistribute the source code outside the company. Prohibits to sell derivative ...
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Forking an application for an “enterprise” customer

Note: this is mostly a technical question but I have to explain the business background first. THE BUSINESS PART I have a really interesting situation on my hands, at least interesting for me. For ...
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When doing social application development, is it ok to use my company credentials for all client work?

As a web application developer, recently my work in creating Social Applications has taken a lot of momentum (specifically, Social Login buttons.) Is it ok to use my company's social network ...
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What is Google's intention to fund Firefox while developing Chrome? [closed]

My understanding is that Google funded Mozilla Firefox although it develops its own Chrome browser. This looks redundant. What is the motivation for Google doing this? Another potentially related ...
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How to support the sales team and avoid the “Often the sales team gets us into trouble just to get a commission” problem [closed]

With reference to this answer: At the end of the day, we are delivering a product to a paying customer. This customer has needs and expectations, realistic or not. Often the sales team gets us ...
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How to combine Google Analytics with Relational Database

I have a website with quite a lot of registered users, they are stored in a PostgreSQL database. I also running Google Analytics on the website to track the users. Is there a way to individually ...
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Do support sites like Stack Overflow upset the paid-support open source model?

In order to stay relevant in the marketplace, I'm researching new business models for my software company. The open source model with paid support seems like a good fit for our product, but I have ...
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How come there is still so much programming work? [closed]

I wonder why programming jobs haven't yet "dried up" because of the software evolution. For example, I am a developer myself, which means that I do care about software (I mean I am not of the type of ...
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How can I keep track of all the websites I've made like a proper business would? [closed]

A few other students and I are forming a group that wants to become good at what we do: websites. We are making websites for free for friends at the moment in order to get ourselves some experience ...
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What to do if you find a vulnerability in a competitor's site?

While working on a project for my company, I needed to build functionality that allows users to import/export data to/from our competitor's site. While doing this, I discovered a very serious security ...
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How to justify rewriting/revamping legacy software in a business case? [duplicate]

I work for a great little software company which makes good revenue from our main software package. The problem for me is that it's almost unmaintainable. It's written in Delphi 7 (has upgraded ...
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As developers is it our job to report issues if no one else in the org seems to care? [closed]

edit: I should point out; My personal view was that I should be proactive. I know sometimes I have to bite my tongue, and I wanted to get the communities input(was this one of those times). I ...
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How to educate business managers on the complexity of adding new features? [duplicate]

We maintain a web application for a client who demands that new features be added at a breakneck pace. We've done our best to keep up with their demands, and as a result the code base has grown ...
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Business Equity for Code. Is it advisable to enter into such agreements? [closed]

I have been considering this approach for a project I am about to embark upon and would like to hear from other programmers about their experience in contributing code for equity. Has anyone been ...
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Is it more important to focus on a business domain or a programming stack/technology for career growth? [closed]

i just basically realized that it's almost impossible to truly learn and master each programming language/technology before a new version is released. so my initial thought was to focus on the .net ...
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Should I let my “beginnerishness” hold me back? (not rhetorical) [duplicate]

My situation is that I've been programming for about three years and have learned a lot but still have a long long way to go. I have an idea for an app that I believe would take off, but I'm afraid ...
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Offshoring: does it ever work?

I know there has been a fair amount of discussion on here about outsourcing/offshoring, and the general opinion seems to be that at best it is difficult, and at worst it fails. I have direct ...
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Does anyone make money with turnkey software versions of costly software? [closed]

For example, Say I make a business software product. I sell it for $100. The competitors charge thousands for their version. Does that kind of model work? Do company's ever buy software turnkey ...
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Business issues in the issue tracker?

Most issue trackers are targeted towards developers. But when working in a small team that includes business people: does it makes sense for them to put non-dev issues inside the tracker? I must say ...
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What factors should be evaluated when determining a desktop software price?

What factors should be evaluated when determining a desktop software price?
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How important is Domain knowledge vs. Technical knowledge?

I am working on a Trading and Risk Management application and although from a C# background, I have been asked to work on SSIS packages. Now I can live with that. The pain point is that there is too ...
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Should a Biotech company invest in developing its own software? [closed]

Working in a Biotech company, there are many opportunities for automating the processing of information. There are also many software solutions e.g. LIM systems, ELN's etc. to fit those specific ...
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Can a lone programmer become a mid or senior level programmer without a mentor? [duplicate]

Question: Can a mere entry level programmer become a mid or senior level programmer working in a company as the only programmer without a mentor? Background: I was hired as an entry level programmer ...
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Ext JS licensing issue

First of all I'm not asking for legal advice but just checking if anyone agrees with my suspicions. That might help in convincing Sencha to change their license. Their commercial license says: ...
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Justifying deficiencies in design

I would like some input on how to handle clients and third party vendors that ask me about the deficiencies in my design. For example. It turns out I need a data field in a webservices response. This ...
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Project Proposal templates/requirements [closed]

When drafting a project proposal, do you use any standard template? What features/information should be included? What is nice to have included? What sort of boiler plate information should I shove ...
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Could Most Software Companies & Users Benefit From Rolling Versions

Having used Google Chrome now for a couple of years, I've really gotten to like rolling/automatic updates. I know that most modern software has "automatic updates", but many large pieces of software ...
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Over a million COBOL programmers in the world? [closed]

I think I heard on a previous StackOverflow podcast that COBOL was used as the programming language for traffic lights (or something like that), so this got me interested. I did a quick Google search ...
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What is the business cost of anemic domain model

I am looking to quantify the cost or problems of bad software development practices. Specifically can software that has been developed resulting in an anemic domain model be quantifiable in terms of ...
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Is there a correlation between the type of a company/industry and the software engineering rigor?

I would like the answer to explain what impact, if any, does the type of company/industry have on the rigor, depth and breadth with which software engineering is practiced. The best would be some ...
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Do you use Instant Messaging to communicate during your day with your fellow devs? [closed]

Hello Fellow Programmers: I run a small business and we typically communicate over IM during the say. We sign on to IM when we arrive and stay on all day. It seems to be quite distracting, in my ...
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Selling software instead of on-demand work [closed]

Doing on-demand work stresses me out and is not good for my back. What tips could you offer if you have experience in spotting needs and writing custom software to suit ?
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Is it required to start a business to sell Android Apps (US)?

I know you can sell apps using your own personal tax information, but what if there are several people working on the app? Our plan is to just have one of us register for the Google Merchant account ...
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Any good resource on running a service software company? [closed]

A service software company is like an outsource company. You give us the requirements, we band the result for you. This is a unique situation where each project is short lived and vastly different ...
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Pricing personalized software? [closed]

Currently i'm working on a Purchased Order System Application Project for a small scale company. The Software that i am working on is personalized based on the on their business requirement. The ...