Hi Hershelr, can I ask oyu what the anticipated spend is on this? Mial me off the list for further feedback. Andrew -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Hershel Robinson Sent: 30 January 2006 16:03 To: Thelist Subject: [thelist] Outsourcing I was approached by a potential client last week. He has a medium sized web app which has undergone such patching over the years that he is ready for a rebuild from scratch. He is working on the proposal now. His plan is to outsource the actual programming to cheap programmers in India or the former Soviet Union from one of the various websites offering such services. He told me that his research indicates that "if you do your due diligence there are some very reliable programmers." He is looking to build in PHP/MySQL using an MVC pattern. He is looking to hire me (or someone like me) to be a technical manager to oversee the outsourced programmers and to understand the code and to be able to arrange a transfer to a different outsource firm in the middle should things go sour and also to be able to work within the code after the build is done, for further changes etc. What do people think about his idea of outsourcing? I wonder about the quality of the code which will be produced. The quality of the backend code, how true it will be to an MVC pattern, the quality of the produced frontend code, how valid (HTML and CSS) it will be, will it use CSS layout or even CSS for appropriate formatting. Even if we require all these things from the programmers, what will be the quality of the code itself and therefore how easy it will be to continue to work in it? I have not given a final answer to this client and were I to present a strong case, he might be open to changing his plans. I myself am not convinced either way. It could well be that either the code will not be bad, or that it won't be really bad, yet it's still worth the savings he realizes by outsourcing. Anyone have any experience to share? Thanks, Hershel -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !