Decoding the question of the coder I need
May 5, 2011 11:21 AM Subscribe
What kind of Web programmer/coder do I need for this project? Where do I find such a person?
posted by Shepherd to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have an idea for a Web site; I'd like to invest a bit of money in getting it to the point where I can maybe take it to Kickstarter and really get it off the ground.
My Web skills begin and end with HTML and a bit of CSS. I tried learning some PHP once and got a nosebleed.
The nexus of the idea is a functionality where people can enter text in an entry page of the site; this text will then be re-presented on an aggregate page that shows lots of different texts, being entered by different people at different points on the globe, with everything updating in real time.
The "data entry" pages are simple and look like a straight-up text entry box.
So Person A in Nebraska can be typing an essay about water tables and agriculture;
Person B in Hong Kong can be typing a letter to his/her mother;
Person C in Toronto can be typing a film script;
and there's another page somewhere where you can see Window A, Window B, and Window C, and see the texts that Person A, B and C are entering in real time.
There’s a lot more to it, but that’s the core. I’m not trying to be maddeningly vague, but I also don’t want to explain the whole thing in a way that will be (a) nauseatingly long or (b) totally give it away. The engine of the concept is this "simulcasting" of text entered by multiple people at multiple points.
So... what kind of a Web programmer am I looking for? I know design is its own thing, but I really need to build the fundamentals of this so I can move on to proof-of-concept and then maybe Kickstarter. My programming knowledge is comprised of
10 PRINT "BUTT"
20 GOTO 10
... so I don't have the foggiest of what kind of subset of coder/programmer will best suit my needs.
And where's the best place to look? I need to start fleshing out a budget for this project, both for the initial phase and as a Kickstarter goal.