Questions for professional programmers who are often contracted out for various positions rather than being part of a company.

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What are the characteristics or features of production-quality code?

This is the first time I will be delivering code for a freelance project (web-app), and, since I don't have much experience shipping code, I am having a hard time deciding whether my program is ready ...
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How do software development methodologies fit in the field of consulting?

I work for a fairly small consulting company, roughly 100 employees, and I've been with them for about a year currently. This is my first job out of college. As a company we do not specialize in any ...
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Portfolio and NDA [closed]

So, working with NDA's prevent you from mentioning the projects in your portfolio. What is the way to deal with it? How would one showcase his experience in this scenario? For example, I've ...
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Should I ask for advance payment on custom work? [closed]

...for project-based work. So far I didn't, and always got paid when work was complete and didn't ran into any problems. Does this make me look unprofessional? :) Should I ask like 25% - 50% advance ...
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If I hire you for “a day”, how many hours are expected? [closed]

I've seen a lot of advice for freelance programmers which advocates quoting your rates in periods of a minimum of one day. That means that when someone asks your rate, you would say "$500 per day" ...
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How to sell my work? [closed]

I'm a freelancer, a company I'm working with (which has a government as customer) asked me to write an app (web-based and/or system) to allow them archiving documents, and making them downloadable by ...
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Client and access to Github history [closed]

About a year ago, our company hired a development company to build a mobile app we had been longing to do, but never got the time to develop. With previous bad luck with outsourcing, we got it on ...
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Freelance Web Developer tools [closed]

I'm thinking of freelancing and building web sites in my free time. I have experience in C#/ASP.NET, JavaScript/jQuery as well as HTML/CSS and SQL. Thus, I feel like I have sufficient web ...
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Does taking a series of contracts hurt your career? [closed]

So I've been contracting for 6-7 months now. The problem I have is that I take a contract while looking for work and then don't want to bail on the people working in my contract. Then when the ...
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Writing a client contract for Web development?

I am a small time web dev freelancer during my time off at university and I have some horror stories when it comes to designing sites for people (not that the sites are bad - just the clients DO NOT ...
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How feasible would it be to not work for anyone, my entire programming career? [closed]

Assume I have enough money to live off of for 3 months. Would it be impossible to just freelance my entire programming career, after sufficiently learning the language and helping open source ...
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How to decide on a price for the project as a freelancer [closed]

I have seen similar question on this SE site but none comes close to a sure shot answer and many are rather subjective. So i am taking a website as an example to be more objective for you to decide ...
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Is 25% to me as sole author a good deal? [closed]

This is my first contract negotiation. So I've written a program which supports some hardware that the company makes. (The support is important, and most customers will buy it, but the software ...
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When to switch to mobile programming? [closed]

We're a team of developers working on some PC applications. But we have also witnessed a trend in the market towards writing more and more mobile sites and mobile applications. Is it time for ...
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Scope of work contents in freelance development

One of my clients demanded to append screen shots of UI in the SOW. Also, I was asked to give a workflow diagram for the same. The project I am about to take is relatively small and my question is, ...
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How does freelance job operate? [closed]

I want to find a freelance job, but I've never done any freelance work before. I want to know what the process involves. Can you please answer the following questions? If the programmer finds a ...
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Freelancing and GPL?

Is it possible for a freelance programmer to use Open Source products under GNU Public License and make money given that he cannot stop his customers from freely distributing his products?
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Getting paid through Ltd or Umbrella company?

I am working for a company as a web dev consultant at the moment, and they asked me whether I want to get payed through the Umbrella company or through my Ltd. Which is better for me and why? The ...
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Ruby freelancing: realistic expectations?

I'm in a situation where I only need $100 to live at a place. How is this relevant to programming? Well, I would like to hear the opinions of those on this site if it is at all realistic to expect a ...
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Barter vs. Cash for a Retailer's eCommerce Site [closed]

I am putting together a proposal for a local store with both a brick-n-mortar and web presence. It's an upscale shop that also happens to be one of my wife's favorites. I am considering offering the ...
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Reasonable test coverage requirements when dealing with a contractor?

We're outsourcing some work to an external developer, so I'm busy writing up a contract about what constitutes a deliverable. So far I require that the code is shipped with automated tests. But, ...
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How to for non-programmer : formulate web-programming requirements

How to for non-programmer : formulate web-programming requirements for designing a website by a third party how to ask and what to ask Example : I want to hire someone to design or implement any ...
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When doing up a quote, do I see my client in person, or send it via email? [closed]

Client need something done, I need to write up a quote, how do I approach it? If you have any general strategy on this issue would also be appreciated. This is to build a website/database for a few ...
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Charging for a project where you retain the IP for the end product

I have read up on quite a few of these questions asked on here regarding "how much should I charge for..." such as: How should I charge for programming things which take two minutes to fix? How much ...
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Contract for App Development and Service Maintainence

I am going to develop iPhone application for clients, for fixed project cost. After that I will help maintain the application by charging a service/support fee. Questions: What should I put into ...
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Selling scripts/CMS modules on the internet

While it's almost impossible to apply for a freelance job without a sufficient portfolio/work experience, I see selling my scripts as a solution. Problem is, so far I've seen only one forum, where ...
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Statistics on time estimates for web application

I have been asked to help estimate the time it would take to develop a web application. I will not be involved in the actual programming, but I am participating as an "experienced" programmer. The ...
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Clever way to license/obfuscate web applications until the client has paid for it

I am doing contract work for various clients and I was wondering how best to go about safeguarding myself against non-payment. The projects will be ASP.NET web applications, most likely ...
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Is there a way for developers and their clients to make a 'safety net' for the final transaction of software for money? [closed]

First off, we presume that the projects in question are not large or important enough for the parties involved to establish a formal contract, and that the parties are not able to meet in person. So, ...
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How to justify technology choice to customer? [closed]

When freelancing / contracting a customer will typically specify functional requirements, acceptance criteria, etc, and the implementation details are in the developer's hands. As a developer your ...
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Catering for client's web-hosting needs, minus the headaches?

I'll be trying to sell my Ruby on Rails development skills to small local businesses. It seems I'd be shooting myself in the foot if I couldn't manage to put their apps into production, in fact ...
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Quoting for a project with closed source [closed]

I sit with a project that I need to quote, and until the job is awarded, I can only use "View source" to check, and ask a few questions about the system. That makes quoting outright impossible for me ...
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Freelance charging based on tasks completed [closed]

I've just started freelancing and have two projects where I am splitting my week with both companies, one I'm charging hourly and everything is fine, the other one however they have said they will pay ...
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Does freelancing require supreme ability on programming?

I can write independent java, python, c, c++ code but I do not know every aspect of them. For example, I don't how to code with database in python/c/c++. I have few experience with GUI programming. I ...
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How do web-developers do web-design when freelancing? [closed]

So I got my first job recently as junior web-developer. My company creates small/medium sites for wide variety of customers: autobusiness companies, weddign agencies, some sauna websites, etcetc, hope ...
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Freelancing dilemma.. to do or not to do?

My current organization has stated clearly that I should not work on any freelancing projects in the fields where the company offers their service. I agreed to that and joined the organization. At the ...
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can subcontractors claim contractors work?

If I am subcontracting from a company. Am I able to claim the work as if I were doing for the client themselves. In other words.... if Client A ask Company A to do some web development. and Company A ...
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Are companies in certain locations (big city vs small town, etc) more likely to offer telecommute contract programming work?

I'm interested in taking on more contract projects for programming and, although it'd be nice to find clients just in my area, I want to expand my search a bit to other areas where a company may allow ...
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How do I find a qualified web designer in my area? [closed]

I just sent out emails to five local web design companies to my area asking to take drawings to HTML/CSS/jQuery. None of the ones who accepted the deal seem suitable to myself. Others rejected the ...
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How much pair programming is ideal? [duplicate]

I think pair programming can be incredibly effective, and I don't mind doing it every now and then, but a company I've interviewed with states they pair program "95% of the time" (they're a consulting ...
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Security issues with freelancing work on an existing website

I currently have a website that has been recently completed. I'm contemplation using a freelance service such as SO for all future components. There is a considerable amount of work to be completed ...
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Demonstrate or Report a project to Client while freelancing

I have started freelancing for couple of weeks and have done few projects. While doing it I found myself in risky situation when client ask progress and also want to see it done. which means I have ...
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Would be good to include your freelancer account in your Resume / CV when applying for a job? [closed]

I've been working as a freelancer for about two years in vWorker. Any person can visit a coder's profile, and see in how many projects the coder has worked on, (if the coders allows) see how much the ...
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Source code used when supplying this to customer [closed]

Do you write your code differently when you need to hand it over to a customer? How does one balance the delivery of good code while at the same time not handing over too much "intellectual property"? ...
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Independent contractors posting projects to their portfolio [closed]

I'm about to hire freelance contractors to do small pieces of my web projects. Is it standard to allow them to put the project on their portfolio? Say a simple debugging task getting a specific ...
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Contracting outside of full time contracting job

I'm a full time consultant for a contracting company. Essentially, I'm just a full time employee and when my current contract is up, I roll to the 'bench' until they find me another contact. One of ...
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Who would be responsive for damage caused after cloning foreign application but NOT running it as freelancer?

This is just theoretical question, without context. In case somebody hire me (as freelancer (I'm A1)) client (A2) wants to develop CLONE of an existing application from B1 company after some time ...
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Protect freelance work

I have developed some PHP and HTML code for a freelance project, I want to make my contractor able to use my code commercially, since they will sell my project to their own client (an enterprise), but ...
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Impact of ending contract with know-ins-and-outs lead developer of a project [duplicate]

I have a long time running project. Its been running for about 6 months. The project is very big. The lead developer/team leader designed the project and the whole project is in his brain. He knows ...
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Alternatives to oDesk.com for contract work? or is oDesk already one of the best? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find programming work online? I saw oDesk.com being mentioned in one thread here for contract work and freelance work, and the people listed for hire is ...