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A grades program for school teachers in Access

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I originally wrote my grades program in MS-Access to help community college
teachers in the California community colleges keep track of their students'
grades and produce reports for the students to know how they are doing in
the semester and to submit reports to the school at the end of the semester.

I later discovered many flaws my program's design and in my own skills as a
programmer.

I would like to put this program "out there" so anybody can modify it and
distribute it freely according to the GNU General Public Licence version 2.
That way I can get a bunch of help with "my" program without having to worry
about somebody taking my countless thousands of hours of work turning it
into their own proprietary program. I believe I will lose my proprietary
interest in the project, but in return I will benefit many thousands of
community college teachers (and whichever other teachers find "my" program
useful) and I will help myself get this project completed.

I am guessing that by doing this I can safely post larger snippets of code
on a newsgroup like this without worrying about getting ripped off.

Opinions?

Maybe I should cross-post this on some kind of GNU newsgroup?
Jun 4 '07 #1
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I doubt that anyone would really care. We all post code here. If someone
wants it then go for it.

Are your bits of code that unique and valuable that you feel someone can
really make money from it. Don't get confused with an emotional connection
to all your work. Believe me, it isn't worth it.

As far as the whole database, if someone wants to they will rip it off, so
if you are worried, don't make it available.

That's my opinion.

Jeff
"More Access Stuff."
http://www.asken.com.au

"Richard Hollenbeck" <ri****************@verizon.netwrote in message
news:gDS8i.5018$fX4.1149@trndny03...
>I originally wrote my grades program in MS-Access to help community college
teachers in the California community colleges keep track of their students'
grades and produce reports for the students to know how they are doing in
the semester and to submit reports to the school at the end of the
semester.

I later discovered many flaws my program's design and in my own skills as
a programmer.

I would like to put this program "out there" so anybody can modify it and
distribute it freely according to the GNU General Public Licence version
2. That way I can get a bunch of help with "my" program without having to
worry about somebody taking my countless thousands of hours of work
turning it into their own proprietary program. I believe I will lose my
proprietary interest in the project, but in return I will benefit many
thousands of community college teachers (and whichever other teachers find
"my" program useful) and I will help myself get this project completed.

I am guessing that by doing this I can safely post larger snippets of code
on a newsgroup like this without worrying about getting ripped off.

Opinions?

Maybe I should cross-post this on some kind of GNU newsgroup?

Jun 5 '07 #2

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Visit SourceForge at http://sourceforge.net. It's a collaboration site for
OpenSource and might be what you are looking for. Just putting your
application there as a new project won't be enough to ensure that people
look at it and join in the development, though -- you'll need to do
something to get and keep their interest.

Larry Linson
Microsoft Access MVP

"Richard Hollenbeck" <ri****************@verizon.netwrote in message
news:gDS8i.5018$fX4.1149@trndny03...
>I originally wrote my grades program in MS-Access to help community college
teachers in the California community colleges keep track of their students'
grades and produce reports for the students to know how they are doing in
the semester and to submit reports to the school at the end of the
semester.

I later discovered many flaws my program's design and in my own skills as
a programmer.

I would like to put this program "out there" so anybody can modify it and
distribute it freely according to the GNU General Public Licence version
2. That way I can get a bunch of help with "my" program without having to
worry about somebody taking my countless thousands of hours of work
turning it into their own proprietary program. I believe I will lose my
proprietary interest in the project, but in return I will benefit many
thousands of community college teachers (and whichever other teachers find
"my" program useful) and I will help myself get this project completed.

I am guessing that by doing this I can safely post larger snippets of code
on a newsgroup like this without worrying about getting ripped off.

Opinions?

Maybe I should cross-post this on some kind of GNU newsgroup?

Jun 5 '07 #3

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