Why Hire a Professional Programmer?
The Database Programmer
Like many other professional workers, database programmers come in many different flavors and styles. All programmers start off as “Newbies” and the good ones end up as seasoned professionals.
The Seasoned Professional
The Database Needs
Your company needs database support if:
So you have decided you need a database for your company and want a professional programmer to write the application. Things for you to consider are:
The Database and How Much?
One of the first things you will want to know from the programmer is how much this will cost you. I would want to know the same thing. If you get a figure thrown at you right away, get yourself another programmer. My idea of what your program will look like might not be the same as another programmer. The price, as well as what you get for your money, might be the difference between a 1000 Sq. ft. 3 bedroom home and a 4000 Sq. ft. 3 bedroom home. Let’s take a look at this scenario.
You call a home contractor and tell him you want a 3 bedroom home built and want to know “How Much”. The basic floor plan starts at $50,000 and it’s time to decide what upgrades you want for the house. A different roofing material, better cabinets, carpet upgrades, paint color, window manufacture, etc. all add to the cost of the house. By the time you are done upgrading the cost has risen to $100,000. The cost is acceptable because you get what you want.
Programmer “A” imagines the house with one small window per room, minimum wiring requirements, cheap carpets, plastic faucets and inexpensive appliances. The cost-$50,000
Programmer “B” imagines the house with Big Bay windows, the best wiring, high-grade carpets, quality faucets and reliable appliances. The cost-$60,000
What I am trying to impart with these scenarios is “Cheaper is not always better”.
The best any programmer can do is giving you a ballpark figure. Know in advance, if you insist on a solid bid, the programmer will throw in enough time to cover problems that may, or may not, arise. The end result, you pay more.