Having been a software developer (primarily Windows Apps and not web-based)
I can tell you that I have always been a supporter of developing custom
applications instead of purchasing pre-packaged. The primary reason for
this is just that ... customization. While there is a lot of work involved
in developing something from scratch instead of just out-right paying for
someone else's work, like Scott said, there is a whole lot of educational
and experience that a value can't be placed upon for those that work on the
project. In addition, what happens down the road when the requirements or
"Wish List" changes the actual software package? How much is it going to
cost to contact the software manufacturer to add in the customization factor
versus having the team from the community develop it instead? And what
about the "Human Factor" in that most software vendors/manufacturers don't
really have the "hands-on" experience that we, the users, have that allows
us to build the project "our way" instead of some pre-conceived idea of what
needs to happen when I click this or select that.
This is my opinion, just like Scott mentioned, and so I just wanted to
share. Again, I'm not a web designer or developer ... yet. I've been
thinking about doing it for years now but just never seem to have the time
or the resources. Now that things are slowing down for me I'm going to have
some time on my hands and so now I'm seriously considering getting into this
type of work. Granted I'm going to stick with what I know which will
continue to be Microsoft-based (and I know I'm going to hear the groans and
moans when I say that) but that's where my experience lies and so I have to
stick with what I know to start out with. Eventually, maybe, I will learn
that PHP or Java or Joomla or whatever y'all use has better benefits or
whatever, but this is where I'm going to start and grow from there.
Thanks for your ears. I just wanted to add my $.02 cents worth out there as
far as pre-packaged versus custom. Think about it the way Scott and I have
described it. There is much more educational and experience in developing
custom than can be learned from pre-packaged. And you can't put a price on
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Subject: Re: [webdesign-18] Job/talent board site
On Oct 22, 2007, at 12:24 PM, Barbara Bailey wrote:
> Instead of a complex site, how about just a forum, like SMF? That
> take very little time to set up.
I think a significant part of solving this problem has little to do
with what software we use. A site that does everything we'd want it
to do would still be rather worthless if people didn't actually use
it. So we need to get some investment from the target community.
Fortunately that target community is ourselves, so the process of
collaboratively creating something should go far in creating that
investment before we even have anything to use.
As an analogy, retailers often print coupons rather than just
lowering prices directly. The latter would clearly be quicker and
easier for everyone involved and apparently accomplish the same
goal. But the time spent clipping out a coupon is a sort of
investment in a sale, and that investment turns out to be more
valuable than the costs of printing, clipping, and scanning coupons.
Similarly, I hope an investment of time in our local web professional
community will be prove more valuable than whatever time we might
save in using a pre-packaged solution.
I also think we can make something more suited to our local needs.
But even if we did end up making something identical to what we could
get pre-packaged, I still think the process has enough educational,
organizational, and entertainment benefits to be worthwhile.
That said, this is just my opinion. If most other participants
decide a pre-packaged solution would be better, that's what we'll do.
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