Distribution of embeddable widgets is a common feature in many web services today. The most well known example is probably google's adsense that allows site owners to add google ads to their sites. Embeddable widgets allow a subset of functionality to be used on third-party sites, greatly increasing possible market reach for a web service / application.
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After a long hiatus, I'm getting back to blogging on web technologies, startups and other miscellanea. I've just completed a re-design of the site, which I'm proud to say I've done myself (with some finishing touches and advice from my two partners at Lionite).
I'm looking forward to expand discussion on some subjects I've brought up in the past (especially models in the Zend Framework) as well write on some of things we've been doing lately. Hope you will find it useful / interesting.
Saying there is a lot of variation in the field of web development would be a huge understatement. You have everything from anonymous freelancers to large known firms, several hundred dollar budgets to several hundred thousand dollar budgets (and more).
How much does it cost to build a website? what does building a website entails? there are no universal answers to those questions.
Client: "Enough talking, let's get down to business. What will 50$ get me?"
Brad: * looks at wrist watch *
Brad: "About 5 more minutes of my time."
Brad Colbow on Time
In fact, there is so much variation, that a recent client told us post-project completion that when he was shopping around for offers from various firms, he got offers between 2000$ and 60,000$. That's a factor of 30 between offers!
He picked us since we conveyed the best value (quality / price) of all offers, even though he had much cheaper offers (we were about midway in the range). All things being equal, all he had was his gut-feeling and our resume to guide him. That is, if we didn't engage in client development.
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Some casual surfing led me to this article from a couple of years ago, titled "How to recognize a good programmer". It was a nice read, but as many in the comments pointed out, the criteria the author set forth most likely describe himself and are not really useful as rules-of-thumb on how to recognize a good programmer.
It got me thinking though, on what are the attributes I consider useful in fellow programmers. So what makes a good programmer?
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