You Dream It, They Build It

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2001-03-05

Not averse to developing open-source software, but you dont have the in-house talent yourself and youre none too sure of hiring contract programmers? Youre an open-source developer who wants to turn your talent into dollars but dont want a 9-to-5 job? Consider the SourceXchange alternative.

SourceXchange is a managed software project-development site. Customers—sponsors in SourceXchange speak—create request for proposals, and then registered developers submit their proposals. Both parties then use the site-provided tools to track the project to completion.

There are other open-source programmer/client matchmaking companies like CoSession, but SourceXchange offers the most services. This CollabNet site also steps ahead of sophisticated contract programming job sites like Opus360s or with its use of the peer reviewer. That person serves as the project manager, the judge and jury in disputes between the sponsors and developers, and as a software-development mentor.

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