Pricing of software also refers to "proprietary or closed source software" which is computer software licensed under exclusive legal right of the copyright holder.

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How can I estimate hosting costs on Heroku into the hundreds of thousands of users?

Heroku's pricing page is clear when looking at what I'm paying and what I'm getting, but it is not helpful for predicting future costs of an app. If I have an app that is still being developed, how ...
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Software monetization that is not evil [closed]

I have a free open-source project with around 800K downloads to date. I've been contacted by some monetization companies from time to time and turned them down, since I didn't want toolbar malware ...
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Does the GPL allow anyone to obtain GPL software without paying for it?

I've spotted a nice WordPress (GPL) theme for sale. I know somebody who bought it. I have 2 questions: Has the company selling it the obligation to send the source code to whoever (customers or ...
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How do you work out timings for larger projects?

I work for a small company that hasn't done much work in bespoke development. It's something we're growing into. With all our projects, whether a bespoke development piece of work, or a simple ...
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Storing simple / flexible pricing logic in the database

I am working on a pricing algorithm where I want to generalize the calculation of certain components/charges. There are 3 components to the charges. 1 - a basic/core charge, 2- a handling charge ...
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How can a potential customer find “best” offer in agile software development? [closed]

If you have fixed-price software projects a potential customer can choose a software development company by the price to get best value for money. The software development company with the lowest ...
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How to charge in agile iterative approach? [closed]

I have a doubt about budgeting when working with agile iterative approach. If I understood well, in agile at the end of each iteration we have usable product, so we have some of the requirements met ...
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How to charge customers for AGPL-3 based solution?

If I talk about openERP its and source (AGPL-3), I have studied it, but can't find some question e.g 1: we have developed a School Management System using openERP Version 7.0, as according to my ...
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Does a programming language increase/decrease value? [closed]

Let's say you develop a software program for Windows in C#, then Joe Blow develops the same software program for Windows but instead codes it using C++. If Joe Blow were to sell that software program, ...
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Proper Price Markup Formula

Ok, so this is not the most advanced programming question - and it kind of borders on e-commerce, but it has specifically come up twice in my career - which is only 10 years old, so I figured I would ...
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Is there an equivalent to Build-Operate-Transfer for software development?

Is there an equivalent to Build-Operate-Transfer or Build-Lease-Transfer in software development? Does it even make any sense to operate such a project in software? Do you know of any projects in your ...
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Pricing personalized software?

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 ...
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Is donationware a good monetization model for developers? [closed]

I've been developing for Android for about 2 years (and ~1 year for iOS), releasing freeware and open source applications (mostly because my AdSense account was disabled in 2010), but recently I had ...
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How much more should I charge for freelance project source code?

Currently I'm working as a freelancer, and for the first time a faced a client who wants the source code too. This client owns a software development company, and wants to have rights over the source ...
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How much should a floating license cost?

Floating licensing is a software licensing approach in which a limited number of licenses for a software application are shared among a larger number of users over time. Nice for the corporates to ...
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Pricing of a collaborative work [closed]

I suppose there's no straight answer to this, but what ideas come to mind for determining how much each programmer would get for participation in a collaborative project if it were to be sold?
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Stuff to read up on pricing applications [closed]

I'm about to release an app and I have no idea what would be the ideal pricing point. I'm not sure how pricing high and selling few copies will compare in revenue to pricing low and selling lots of ...
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Quantitfying a cost for a software project

Disclaimer: I didn't know exactly where to put this question. If you feel that this question is not suitable for Programmers @ StackExchange, feel free to migrate it. Background: Broadening my last ...
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Quantifying the price for source code and software product

I'm about to undertake a project. This requires me to write code, and tons of it. The client's requirement is to hand in all source code at the end of the project. My question is: How do I quantify ...
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How to sell my work?

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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Estimate cost of project depends on [SLOC|COCOMO]?

Is it logical to estimate cost of project depends on source lines of code? Like those calculated reports from tools such as sloccount ohloh estimating * How to convince [somebody|employer|client] ...
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What to charge for a ready-built piece of software?

Recently I was contacted by someone interested buying a piece of software that I wrote to automate a process. The 'client' knows little about the program, except what it outputs and how easy it is to ...
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How do you price your work?

Well, let me explain : This has really been an issue for me, for such a long time. And what is worse - since coding is something I simply ADORE (I would definitely do it, even if there was no payment ...
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How does a paid Saas actually work? [closed]

Could anyone explain to me how does a paid Saas work please? I know for free Saas you can just create some kind of registration and authentication process which allows the users to use all features. ...
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Why do programming language (open) standards cost money?

Isn't it counter-productive to ask for 384 Swiss franks for C11 or 352 Swiss franks for C++11, if the aim is to make the standards widely adopted? Please note, I'm not ranting at all, and I'm not ...
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Orthogonal design for product pricing and production planning with a NoSQL database

I am in the process of developing extensible software for the company I am working with for product pricing and production planning. The Present Scenario There are basically two types of products: ...
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Developing a Configurable Pricing Program

The organization I work at has some interesting requirements when it comes to pricing for online commerce. Currently the developers write different 'pricing rules' and those rules can be applied to ...
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On what basis would you split donation money among your open source team members without any strife?

I am a developer of an open source project which is hosted in SourceForge. It started out as a little app then after some releases, it got more and more popular and it started consuming more time and ...
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Dealing with change requests from clients for an old system that only take 5 minutes to implement [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I charge for programming things which take two minutes to fix? On some systems I created, every now and then I get tiny change requests from clients that are ...
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How long should I provide free updates for my shareware - per version, per year, or forever?

I will release my first shareware soon and I'm wondering for how long should a paying user be entitled to free updates. I can think of three options: You buy a version then all the updates are free ...
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How much should I pay to Microsoft when I am selling a desktop software built on VB.NET? [closed]

I am using Microsoft's free tool Visual Basic 2010 Express (downloaded from here ) to develop a desktop application with database features using Microsoft access as the database. Connectivity is being ...
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Why does Microsoft charge a fortune for its developer tools? [closed]

Microsoft charges thousands of dollars for most versions of Visual Studio. Compare this with companies like Apple and Google and with organizations like GNU and Eclipse that give away developer tools ...
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Can we price a software based on its lines count, language, technology and stuff like that?

Recently a friend of mine bought an inventory application from a vendor, who used an statement like "built based on 10000 lines of codes" as a marketing slogan to increase its market share. I've also ...
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How to decide maintenance cost/terms for freelance work?

I am a JavaScript programmer and am planning to take Freelance projects related to JavaScript effects for the web. Recently a potential client approached me to create a JavaScript effect for his ...
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Why would a code analysis tool be priced based on lines of code count?

I heard some static analysis tools are priced depending on how much code they are licensed for. I can think that it's usual segmentation - the more code the customer has the more care he needs and ...
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Software cost estimation

I've seen on my work place (a University) most students making the software estimation cost of their final diploma work using COCOMO. My guessing is that this way of estimating costs is somewhat old ...
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How do I justify upgrading to Windows Server 2008?

We're just about to start a new greenfield project - it's a highly functional web application using ASP.NET MVC3, SQL Server etc. We're also going to be using Windows Workflow Foundation for the first ...
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Will it cost me a lot if I chose ASP.NET and IIS?

I intend to build a type of online social network in ASP.NET. I am going to host it under IIS server. The database that I am going to use is SQL Server. The site will accept a maximum 500,000 users. ...
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How to approach client who started using my server to train staff?

I'm in the process of finishing and delivering a web development project. The contract specifically specified that client is responsible for adding all content and installing. The deliverables ...
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Best practice to prevent potential paying customers from creating many trial accounts

I have an idea for a web app, and I want to make it a freemium service. Those who sign up will have the ability to create 3 pieces of content for free and will be required to pay a premium to obtain ...
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Good references on app pricing?

Can anyone point me to reference materials on what companies may expect to pay for outsourced apps? I had hoped to find something in a trade publication or the like, but have only turned up two or ...
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Studies on breakdown of various costs associated with a Software project [closed]

I am looking for links and advice on studies done on the breakdown of costs associated with Software development. In particular I am looking on what percentage of effort is testing vs programming, ...
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How can I make feasible the deployment of my application on the servers

I am a Java Web Application Developer. I have an idea for a web application project that I am working on. I personally believe that the app has potential to become a popular website. Currently I am ...
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How to price a programming consulations for IT company?

It's not very rare programming question, but it's about a work of a freelance programmer and I think you can help me so maybe it's ok to pust it here? So one dev-company asked me for doing a ...
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How to decide on a price for the project as a freelancer

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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Where do I begin when dealing with my first corporate client?

I recently developed a desktop client that automates much of the work involved during online research. I developed this tool in 2-3 hours, and it has reduced an hour's worth of work to about 5 ...
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How to price code reviews to encourage good behavior?

I work for a company that has a hosted .net internet application with many clients. Those clients often want to write customizations for our application. We have APIs to hook into the app, but the ...
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How is the price of a website evaluated?

I cannot find a good way to to ask this question: Every day I read the news about the sale of "Twitter" or "Friendster" or "hi5". What I would like to know is how the price of such websites are ...
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Determining Cost of API Calls

[This is a cross-post originally posted by me in SO. I think the question is more appropriate here.] I was going through the adwords API and came across their rate sheet - ...
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Charging by the hour/project [closed]

This is related to a question I asked earlier - How to end a relationship with a client without pissing them off? What are your obligations when charging by the hour vs charging by project? If you ...