Outsourcing

Hi all!

Currently I am trying to convince a company to make the switch to RoR
as I did a couple of years ago. They are quite willing to do so but as
they regularly outsource programming tasks they want to know if they
still can when they make the switch. I have no experience in this and
was wondering if anyone on the list might have.
By outsourcing the company means using rentacoder.com. (Are there
other alternatives to rentacoder?)

With kind regards,
Harm

Yes! there are many ROR projects that are outsourced via Rent a Coder,
elance and scriptlance etc

harm wrote:

Currently I am trying to convince a company to make the switch to RoR
as I did a couple of years ago. They are quite willing to do so but as
they regularly outsource programming tasks they want to know if they
still can when they make the switch. I have no experience in this and
was wondering if anyone on the list might have.
By outsourcing the company means using rentacoder.com. (Are there
other alternatives to rentacoder?)

The best possible way to develop is with programmers onsite. That way
you
can continuously review their progress, let them ask stupid questions,
and
generally prevent them from working too hard on unimportant features.

Rails makes that process very easy using unit tests. Your best situation
would be to hire a programmer with any web experience, and temporarily
hire a Rails consultant to train them (>cough< you) to write unit tests
as
they write the tested code.

All these simple practices generally make a very few onsite programmers
much
much more efficient than a horde of off-site programmers.


Phlip
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596510657/
“Test Driven Ajax (on Rails)”
assert_xpath, assert_javascript, & assert_ajax

On 09 Jul 2007, at 13:43, harm wrote:

I agree with Phlip that on-site programmers are best. However there
are problems which can be easily framed and sent of elsewhere. For
example a database import where the end format is known.
And I very much agree with you on the best situation. :slight_smile: And I am
trying to obtian exactly that.

Although I must say that a good project manager at the company you’re
outsourcing to can make offsite outsourcing a real joy. My company
has outsourced a Rails project to Lunar Logic Polska and Paul Klipp
has done a fantastic job at managing the project, our customer was
very happy with the application.

On the other hand, some projects demand a closer interaction between
the developers and onsite developers can become a necessity (although
they tend to be more expensive).

Best regards

Peter De Berdt

I agree with Phlip that on-site programmers are best. However there
are problems which can be easily framed and sent of elsewhere. For
example a database import where the end format is known.
And I very much agree with you on the best situation. :slight_smile: And I am
trying to obtian exactly that.
Thanks for the comments!

Harm

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