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RentACoder - Anyone tried this?

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Skc
Hullo

Just like to check whether anyone has tried RentACoder. I intend to farm
out a small job that must use C#, WinForms, ADO.Net for around US$400, but
don't know whether RentACoder is reliable. Any views anyone?

BTW, I am not from United States but from a small country on the other side
of the globe.


Nov 16 '05 #1
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"Skc" <an*******@yahoo.com.sg> wrote in message
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Hullo

Just like to check whether anyone has tried RentACoder. I intend to farm out a small job that must use C#, WinForms, ADO.Net for around US$400, but don't know whether RentACoder is reliable. Any views anyone?

BTW, I am not from United States but from a small country on the other side of the globe.

Nov 16 '05 #2

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Never tried them.
I personally would not give anyone any money without seeing the finished
product first.
If they agree to this then what can you lose by trying?
Being a developer I would be on the other side of the rentacoder fence
though :)
HTH
JB
"Skc" <an*******@yahoo.com.sg> wrote in message
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Hullo

Just like to check whether anyone has tried RentACoder. I intend to farm
out a small job that must use C#, WinForms, ADO.Net for around US$400, but don't know whether RentACoder is reliable. Any views anyone?

BTW, I am not from United States but from a small country on the other side of the globe.

Nov 16 '05 #3

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Hi SKC:

I've participated there but never bought any work there. I think by and
large you are relatively safe but there are a lot of things that can go
wrong in this type of environment (anyone where you dont' know the people,
know people that have worked with them) even if eveyrone acts in good faith.
The biggest problem I've heard from this and all farming out of work
(whether domestic or abroad) is that you get exaclty what the specs
indicate, no more and no less. I know 3 people off of the top of my head
that farmed out work and then commented "The did exactly what the spec said
but nothing more , nothing less. You'd think they'd know that this doesn't
make sense and would have changed it..."

If the people do exactly what's in your spec, it's hard to blame them or
fault them. If they do what you tell them and you meant what you wrote,
they did a 'great' job. If they second guess you, even when it seems
'obvious' that its what you don't want or 'would never want', and they are
wrong, they stand to anger you, miss the deadline, have to do some rework
etc. If they are right, they get nothing extra so you can't blame the
contractor for this stuff. Now, if they didn't meet the spec it's another
story.

so the key is communication! And communicating throughout.. not just at the
end after its done.

Although I don't really want to discuss it here, I may well end up bidding
on your project and if you'd like, you can contact me at bill At Devbuzz.com
(@devbuzz.com) and I'd be glad to speak with you more about this. If you
click on this link http://www.devbuzz.com/content/development.aspx (even
though it's not PPC) just fill in the comments and I'll be glad to get back
with you.

HTH,

Bill

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"Skc" <an*******@yahoo.com.sg> wrote in message
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Hullo

Just like to check whether anyone has tried RentACoder. I intend to farm
out a small job that must use C#, WinForms, ADO.Net for around US$400, but don't know whether RentACoder is reliable. Any views anyone?

BTW, I am not from United States but from a small country on the other side of the globe.

Nov 16 '05 #4

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cs
I can tell you my brother does coding in there but tthen he has a lot of
years of experience and has been a senior developer at several companies, I
doubt thats the case of everyone there.
At my work place we have recently placed a job there for bidding, all the
responses looked excellent, however we took a closer look, did a bit of
research of what the job would take (we needed a driver) and realized that
maybe 2 out of 7 responses knew exactly what we wanted.
We have not seen the finished product yet so I cant comment on it.but as far
as I know rent a coder wont release the money to the programmer until the
buyer is satisfied, maybe im wrong!

"Skc" <an*******@yahoo.com.sg> wrote in message
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Hullo

Just like to check whether anyone has tried RentACoder. I intend to farm
out a small job that must use C#, WinForms, ADO.Net for around US$400, but don't know whether RentACoder is reliable. Any views anyone?

BTW, I am not from United States but from a small country on the other side of the globe.

Nov 16 '05 #5

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Skc
Thanks for all your feedback. I did not get a go-for-it nor a
dont-even-try recommendation. So I will have to see whether there's any
more responses....and decide from there.

Nov 16 '05 #6

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On Tue, 25 May 2004 10:20:41 +0800, "Skc" <an*******@yahoo.com.sg>
wrote:
Just like to check whether anyone has tried RentACoder. I intend to farm
out a small job that must use C#, WinForms, ADO.Net for around US$400, but
don't know whether RentACoder is reliable. Any views anyone?


I've never used that one, but I've used several others from
the developer's side of things. The #1 problem from both sides is
realizing that figuring out what you want is the hardest and most time
consuming part of the process. I've put many hours into talking with
customers trying to refine their spec to figure out exactly what they
want before I give them a quote, only to have them re-post their
request for a quote with all of my refinements added in. So I just
started ignoring any request which didn't have a well defined spec.
The #2 problem is programmers who realize it's more work than
what they thought and just give up and never respond to the client
again. I'd say about 20% of my projects were continuations where the
previous developer just disappeared. Of course, you don't have to pay
them, but you still lost a lot of time and effort.
Nov 16 '05 #7

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Skc
Thanks for your feedback. Good to know what's the practical problems coders
can face. Do you know of other sites that is good and that also gives
protection to both buyer and coder? RentaCoder seems to have such a scheme
though I have not yet use them.

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On Tue, 25 May 2004 10:20:41 +0800, "Skc" <an*******@yahoo.com.sg>
wrote:
Just like to check whether anyone has tried RentACoder. I intend to farmout a small job that must use C#, WinForms, ADO.Net for around US$400, butdon't know whether RentACoder is reliable. Any views anyone?


I've never used that one, but I've used several others from
the developer's side of things. The #1 problem from both sides is
realizing that figuring out what you want is the hardest and most time
consuming part of the process. I've put many hours into talking with
customers trying to refine their spec to figure out exactly what they
want before I give them a quote, only to have them re-post their
request for a quote with all of my refinements added in. So I just
started ignoring any request which didn't have a well defined spec.
The #2 problem is programmers who realize it's more work than
what they thought and just give up and never respond to the client
again. I'd say about 20% of my projects were continuations where the
previous developer just disappeared. Of course, you don't have to pay
them, but you still lost a lot of time and effort.

Nov 16 '05 #8

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