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Pricing of software also refers to "proprietary or closed source software" which is computer software licensed under exclusive legal right of the copyright holder.

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How to estimate scaling up costs/resources-needed of a project? [closed]

Let's consider an entrepreneur decides to create a new company like Airbnb, Netflix, etc. The problem is about the software part. He doesn't know how long it takes to create the mobile/web app? How ...
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What is an affordable way to communicate real-time data between players in a game?

I have been building a card game web app with firebase. Because firestore charges by number of reads/writes, I have only been updating the opponents of your plays when you place a card, so other ...
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What is the practicality of asking vendor to not include a specially developed feature in their standard package offering

I don't know if this is the right place to post this sort of question, so feel free to move it. Lets say that Vendor X is selling a certain software package. There are also other competitors, ...
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Are end-to-end and integration tests worth it for non-mission critical stuff?

It's well known that end-to-end and integration tests are costly. Of course if we develop applications where people might die if things go wrong it's a worthwhile investment. However in applications ...
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Pros and Cons of using ASPNET.Core In-Memory Caching instead of Redis? [closed]

I know redis is a very robust caching solution and scales great, but when it comes to simpler non-enterprise websites I feel as if it's a bit too expensive (Azure Standard/C1: $100/m). I'm ...
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How do you fix this pricing model loophole? [closed]

Suppose a SaaS product charges per project, whereby the first project you own is free. Ideally, users would open up a project and invite a few members to work on it. If more projects are needed, the ...
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Is comparing "dollar-hours" for running a specific piece of code practical as an estimate of rented system performance?

Background: there'a a gazillion types of virtual machines in Microsoft Azure each having different performance and price. Such virtual machines are paid per hour. The goal is to decide how to get "the ...
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How do you cost in maintenance / updates?

I'm interested in how companies cost in the maintenance of software and or improvement of code quality over time. The context I would like to add, is not that of a company who have a single product ...
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How to financially quantify optimal number of items in a release?

In Don Reinertsen's book - Principles of Product Development Flow - the tradeoff between release size (number of stories) and release cost (regression test cost and release cost) is described like ...
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Software monetization that is not evil [closed]

I have a free open-source project with around 800K downloads to date. I've been contacted by some monetization companies from time to time and turned them down, since I didn't want toolbar malware ...
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Does the GPL allow anyone to obtain GPL software without paying for it?

I've spotted a nice WordPress (GPL) theme for sale. I know somebody who bought it. I have 2 questions: Has the company selling it the obligation to send the source code to whoever (customers or not)...
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How do you work out timings for larger projects?

I work for a small company that hasn't done much work in bespoke development. It's something we're growing into. With all our projects, whether a bespoke development piece of work, or a simple ...
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Storing simple / flexible pricing logic in the database

I am working on a pricing algorithm where I want to generalize the calculation of certain components/charges. There are 3 components to the charges. 1 - a basic/core charge, 2- a handling charge (...
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How to charge in agile iterative approach? [closed]

I have a doubt about budgeting when working with agile iterative approach. If I understood well, in agile at the end of each iteration we have usable product, so we have some of the requirements met ...
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How to charge customers for AGPL-3 based solution?

If I talk about openERP its and source (AGPL-3), I have studied it, but can't find some question e.g 1: we have developed a School Management System using openERP Version 7.0, as according to my ...
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Proper Price Markup Formula [closed]

Ok, so this is not the most advanced programming question - and it kind of borders on e-commerce, but it has specifically come up twice in my career - which is only 10 years old, so I figured I would ...
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Is there an equivalent to Build-Operate-Transfer for software development?

Is there an equivalent to Build-Operate-Transfer or Build-Lease-Transfer in software development? Does it even make any sense to operate such a project in software? Do you know of any projects in your ...
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Pricing personalized software? [closed]

Currently i'm working on a Purchased Order System Application Project for a small scale company. The Software that i am working on is personalized based on the on their business requirement. The ...
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How much more should I charge for freelance project source code? [closed]

Currently I'm working as a freelancer, and for the first time a faced a client who wants the source code too. This client owns a software development company, and wants to have rights over the source ...
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How much should a floating license cost? [closed]

Floating licensing is a software licensing approach in which a limited number of licenses for a software application are shared among a larger number of users over time. Nice for the corporates to ...
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Pricing of a collaborative work [closed]

I suppose there's no straight answer to this, but what ideas come to mind for determining how much each programmer would get for participation in a collaborative project if it were to be sold?
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Quantitfying a cost for a software project [closed]

Disclaimer: I didn't know exactly where to put this question. If you feel that this question is not suitable for Programmers @ StackExchange, feel free to migrate it. Background: Broadening my last ...
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Quantifying the price for source code and software product

I'm about to undertake a project. This requires me to write code, and tons of it. The client's requirement is to hand in all source code at the end of the project. My question is: How do I quantify ...
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Estimate cost of project depends on [SLOC|COCOMO]? [closed]

Is it logical to estimate cost of project depends on source lines of code? Like those calculated reports from tools such as sloccount ohloh estimating * How to convince [somebody|employer|client] ...
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What to charge for a ready-built piece of software? [closed]

Recently I was contacted by someone interested buying a piece of software that I wrote to automate a process. The 'client' knows little about the program, except what it outputs and how easy it is to ...
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Why do programming language (open) standards cost money? [closed]

Isn't it counter-productive to ask for 384 Swiss franks for C11 or 352 Swiss franks for C++11, if the aim is to make the standards widely adopted? Please note, I'm not ranting at all, and I'm not ...
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Orthogonal design for product pricing and production planning with a NoSQL database [closed]

I am in the process of developing extensible software for the company I am working with for product pricing and production planning. The Present Scenario There are basically two types of products: ...
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Developing a Configurable Pricing Program

The organization I work at has some interesting requirements when it comes to pricing for online commerce. Currently the developers write different 'pricing rules' and those rules can be applied to ...
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On what basis would you split donation money among your open source team members without any strife? [closed]

I am a developer of an open source project which is hosted in SourceForge. It started out as a little app then after some releases, it got more and more popular and it started consuming more time and ...
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Dealing with change requests from clients for an old system that only take 5 minutes to implement [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I charge for programming things which take two minutes to fix? On some systems I created, every now and then I get tiny change requests from clients that are very ...
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How much should I pay to Microsoft when I am selling a desktop software built on VB.NET? [closed]

I am using Microsoft's free tool Visual Basic 2010 Express (downloaded from here ) to develop a desktop application with database features using Microsoft access as the database. Connectivity is being ...
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Why does Microsoft charge a fortune for its developer tools? [closed]

Microsoft charges thousands of dollars for most versions of Visual Studio. Compare this with companies like Apple and Google and with organizations like GNU and Eclipse that give away developer tools ...
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Can we price a software based on its lines count, language, technology and stuff like that? [closed]

Recently a friend of mine bought an inventory application from a vendor, who used an statement like "built based on 10000 lines of codes" as a marketing slogan to increase its market share. I've also ...
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Why don't all companies buy developers the best hardware?

I must be missing something. The cost of employing a programmer in my area is $50 to $100 an hour. A top end machine is only $3,000, so the cost of buying a truly great computer every three years ...
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How to decide maintenance cost/terms for freelance work? [closed]

I am a JavaScript programmer and am planning to take Freelance projects related to JavaScript effects for the web. Recently a potential client approached me to create a JavaScript effect for his ...
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Software cost estimation [closed]

I've seen on my work place (a University) most students making the software estimation cost of their final diploma work using COCOMO. My guessing is that this way of estimating costs is somewhat old (...
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How do I justify upgrading to Windows Server 2008? [closed]

We're just about to start a new greenfield project - it's a highly functional web application using ASP.NET MVC3, SQL Server etc. We're also going to be using Windows Workflow Foundation for the first ...
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How to approach client who started using my server to train staff? [closed]

I'm in the process of finishing and delivering a web development project. The contract specifically specified that client is responsible for adding all content and installing. The deliverables ...
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Good references on app pricing? [closed]

Can anyone point me to reference materials on what companies may expect to pay for outsourced apps? I had hoped to find something in a trade publication or the like, but have only turned up two or ...
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Studies on breakdown of various costs associated with a Software project [closed]

I am looking for links and advice on studies done on the breakdown of costs associated with Software development. In particular I am looking on what percentage of effort is testing vs programming, ...
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How to decide on a price for the project as a freelancer [closed]

I have seen similar question on this SE site but none comes close to a sure shot answer and many are rather subjective. So i am taking a website as an example to be more objective for you to decide ...
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Where do I begin when dealing with my first corporate client? [closed]

I recently developed a desktop client that automates much of the work involved during online research. I developed this tool in 2-3 hours, and it has reduced an hour's worth of work to about 5 minutes....
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How to price code reviews to encourage good behavior? [closed]

I work for a company that has a hosted .net internet application with many clients. Those clients often want to write customizations for our application. We have APIs to hook into the app, but the ...
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How is the price of a website evaluated? [closed]

I cannot find a good way to to ask this question: Every day I read the news about the sale of "Twitter" or "Friendster" or "hi5". What I would like to know is how the price of such websites are ...
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Determining Cost of API Calls [closed]

[This is a cross-post originally posted by me in SO. I think the question is more appropriate here.] I was going through the adwords API and came across their rate sheet - http://code.google.com/apis/...
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Charging by the hour/project [closed]

This is related to a question I asked earlier - https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/34023/how-to-end-a-relationship-with-a-client-without-pissing-them-off What are your ...
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How Do You Determine Your Hourly Rate? [closed]

In pricing a service or product it is general practice to not merely charge for the effort spent and the costs involved + margin but from the value delivered down. As an independent consultant, how do ...
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Tips for a novice PHP developer to drive down long-term maintenance costs [closed]

I'm an experienced Java developer who is just starting up a project for an NGO. I will be working on the project for at least 6 months, following which the NGO will have to pay or find a volunteer to ...
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How to estimate cost with very little information? [closed]

I have a client who wants a web app that will let him do the following (as he told me word for word): User registration Recurring payments for users Online conference room reservation I am supposed ...
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What is the most egregious waste of money you have seen, and what did you do about it? [closed]

Often we as programmers see large organisations wasting huge sums of money on bloated and inefficient solutions to problems. This pains me greatly because I like organisations to benefit from best of ...