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Well first, I'd like to break the stereotype: I'm 17 and contribute to/have written several compilers and rather like them. To answer the question, a teenager's primary interaction with a computer isn't examining an IL dump of some compiler, but through apps/websites/video games. So it's only a natural step that if someone decides they want to start ...


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It's called "Forced Perspective" Step 1. Go outdoors with a friend. Stand in front of a building. Step 2. Take a picture so that the friend is really close to you and the building is really far away. Assure that the friend's head lines up with the top of the building. Step 3. Ask your customer how tall it is, given just the photograph. Do not ...


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"Im looking for a partner and not just a programmer." My alarm bells just went off. Is this a paying gig? Or a "there'll be no money now, but on your deathbed you'll receive total enlightenment" kind of gig?


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view product information and create orders Sounds like stuff well within the capability of HTML 5 (and the related technologies usually mentioned in the same breath). Write a rich Web application, and you immediately support any device with a browser.


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Why is it so hard to recruit for compiler[-related] jobs? Better phrased, your question is asking why it is hard to recruit for jobs that aren't currently trendy. And the rephrasing gets at the core of the challenge - trends. In and of themselves, there isn't a whole lot wrong with trends. They'll always occur to some varying degree. Any company or ...


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JQuery Mobile + Phone Gap Build. This is basically saying "use HTML5 and JavaScript to build your app", as has been said before, but with an important twist. Nitobi's Phone Gap Build service (now owned by Adobe) allows developers to convert HTML5/JavaScript apps to "native" apps (really hybrid apps) that can be deployed locally to a device. It's my ...


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Imagine you live in a small town and you have two supermarkets. The first one is across the street. You go there, you buy what you need, you pay for it, and you can leave with the products you've bought. The second one is outside the city. You have to use your car to go to it, then you have to find a free parking spot (the parking being small, you have ...


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Unless an existing app already dominates the market such that it creates an insurmountable barrier to entry (which is rare), it doesn't matter. Besides, if you have an idea for an app that you think is truly unique and you can't find any prior examples, it might just be a bad idea. Competition helps provide market validation. In any case, the idea isn't ...


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Will this work and I'd so how risky is it to future problems? Yes it will work, and how risky it is depends on how good your implementation is. This is perfectly acceptable if done correctly. I have successfully integrated PHP and C, when PHP was simply too slow to do certain niche tasks in real time (IIRC, PHP is 7 times slower than its C counterpart). ...


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Instead of trying to convince someone that something cannot be done try to analyze and determine what it would take to get this done. When you calculate that it would take you alone 10 years and $1 billion the solution of what to do with the project will become obvious.


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It's possible - plus, you could always do the processing remotely, only using the phone to collect data and display results. Beyond that, there's also nothing that says you're not able to mount a device to the phone's camera to split and offset 2D input, and then convert those two inputs into a 3D input. As for app ratings, that's not really a solid basis ...


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Don't know what you app is, but have you considered/would a data driven model work for you - the app would not need to change and the data can be downloaded of servers you provide and manage. Maybe a (yet another) DSL would be of use. Another alternate is how locked into Apple are you? Build you business on Android - then you have the choice to use a ...


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I think it depends on where your interests lie. If your interests are games and other local applications, you might consider going native. If, on the other hand, your interests are more in the vein of business applications, HTML5 is probably your future, since you have to write the app only once, and communication with a remote database is relatively ...


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In a sense your friends and you have a company.(let's call it A) In some other sense you are your own company.(call it B) So I see two obvious things you can do: either buy the idea from company A with company B or have company A hire company B to do the work.


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Ok, Here is the secret Truth about It... The Data in your app in worth more than the App it self! The reason you can't find that data is because it has value, more value than any set of code accessing it, it would be cheaper to buy the Code base to seamless web than to buy it's database of restaurant, menus and pricing. You will just have to build your ...


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No. Those are different Platforms, So they are Different APPs!! I think even if you sell on the Android APP store you can still also list your app in the Amazon Android App store. Read the Terms of service to sure, as it can change any moment.


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1. On app level Running an app on multiple servers isn't terribly hard. There are techniques which are difficult to understand and implement, but there are also some basic techniques any one can use. Learn those basic techniques. If it's not enough, then yes, you'll have to find a freelancer or to hire a developer. 2. On infrastructure level Running ...


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No, not at all. Encouraging people to contact you in the app description can reduce "the app doesn't work" reviews, but that's about it. It's unfortunate and pretty severely flawed, but there's no way to contact the reviewer and no way to challenge or respond to reviews. Reviews from people who've used the app and indicate they've not had the problem might ...


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You don't find partners the same way you find programmers. A partner is somebody who is part of the business, somebody you trust and can work with. A freelance programmer in a marketplace is somebody who will do some work for you for a mutually satisfactory payment. So, you're looking in the wrong place. If you don't know a suitable programmer, ask ...


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Not sure how to respond to this. Just search for it. Unless you have magical powers, your best bet will always be a Google search with keywords that reflect your app. Of course, whether or not someone has already made one isn't as relevant as questions like the following: Is the existing app really popular? Is the existing app really good? If the answer ...


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How about approaching this backwards- there are quite a few small/one-man type application developers on the iWhatever platform. Why not take a look at the people who developed some apps that you like and see whether any of them do freelance work? Even if they don't they may be able to recommend someone who does and I would always take a recommendation ...


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Ubuntu has a closed-source applications app-store, so that covers one option for linux: techie-buzz article on ubuntu app store There is also intel's App-up for netbook apps Microsoft has plans for an apple-style app-store of their own, but as far as i know they're not rolling it out yet.


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Why not force the user to take the picture with a clearly displayed item of standard size next to the item being measured; a penny for example. It's probably not as good of a solution as your employer wants but explaining a solution like this would at least show you can make something happen. As you start listing the limitations and compromises needed, ...


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I'd recommend developing it as a MVC web app. This would allow you to run it on most any device from a desktop to a smartphone provided you design it well. HTML5 might work but it will depend on the types of devices/browsers you'll need to support. It would be nice if you can get away with using it. Make sure that you architect it where you could adapt ...


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This is a reason why it is hard to do business with your friends. It's always going to be the case that someone feels like they are pulling more weight than the others and should get more of the rewards. Difference is that it's much harder to have that negotiation with friends and keep your own interests at the forefront. Best practice in these cases is to ...


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It looks like they are two different subscriptions; I was able to make two separate registrations, and they both accepted the same "display name," and there are two different prices. Really, they should have just made this one single store. The Windows Phone App Store is $99 per year, although they say they will credit you back $91 if you apply in the next ...


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It's a totally different application event process. PhoneGap uses JavaScript event callbacks that are designed to be generic across multiple devices, whereas Android is activity based which is native to the OS. iOS has something simular but I can't comment on that. Android knows which activity to start when the application is loaded, and execution of that ...


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Security doesn't come from the client, but in how you implement your web service. Ensuring that you only accept transactions from your own client does little to improve security. Safe web service operation requires that the service operate independently from the client, and that there are no service APIs that can cause harm to the service or other users of ...



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