Software Development Tips - The Programmer

Posted by Admin | Friday, January 14, 2011 | | 0 comments »

I am going to discuss some things that you need to keep in mind when searching for a software developer. It might seem that everyone does these things, but most of the companies and individuals just search a programmer and hire the first that comes to their attention.

Areas of expertise:

This is the first thing you need to know about your coder, what programming languages he knows. Why is this important you ask? Let's say that you want an application that will control your electric equipment in your house. Well of course you won't hire a Flash or JavaScript coder, but instead you would hire a C/C++/C# or Perl/Python coder (depending on what operating system you use).

Amount of knowledge in an area:

Here is the tricky part; there are coders which have learned multiple programming languages but they don't master any of them, and they will tell you that they have a moderate knowledge in some of them. If they do, then kindly ask what they coded before in that programming language, so you could make a basic idea of what they can do.

Time daily for your project:

Some of the freelance programmers are takeing multiple projects at a time. Even if your coder is not a freelancer, kindly ask him how much can he work daily on your project. If it's too less and you need your project done fast, it would be recommended to search another coder, however, you might make a deal with him, paying a little extra to get the work done on time.

Timezone:

This is an important factor, if you've decided to guide your programmer daily. Let's say that you've made a deal with your coder, he starts the project and each day he shows you what he did, and you tell him what to add and what to remove. In this case, being online at the same time is an important factor.

Insurrance:

If you hired him from a freelancer website, or any medium where you can leave feedback, kindly announce him that the abortion of the project after a contract was signed will lead to negative feedback, or legal action (if you pay upfront a fee and he doesn't return the money)

Feedback:

If you have hired him from somewhere where you can see feedback left by previous employers, then look through the feedback and see if the others were satisfied. You could see 100 positive feedback and one negative, in this case, look who gave him negative feedback, and look to the feedback of that person (usually scammers hire someone, they provide the project, then the scammers run away with the money, and they give you negative feedback saying that you haven't finished the job; usually these scammers have more than 70 percent negative feedback)

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