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Mac Kerr:
There has been interest in organizing the users of these forums to help develop a software solution for managing the rental inventory of a sound business.
This effort will be led by Scott Holtzman, will help and suggestions from the rest of the community.

Mac

Corey Scogin:
Is the goal to create a design spec then outsource the development or something else?

Kevin McDonough:

--- Quote from: Corey Scogin on February 01, 2017, 11:06:08 am ---Is the goal to create a design spec then outsource the development or something else?

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The goal as has been discussed in the other thread is firstly to put together a detailed spec and project plan, and possibly a small fund of money to allow Scott, who has experience with software development and access to programmers who could do a lot of the actual program work, to begin to move forward with the actual programming an implementation.

As far as I'm aware, forum members would be able to help in this if the had the relevant skills/experience, but if not would still be able to help in documentation writing, design decisions, UI, etc etc.

The software would then be available freely on the GPL license for people to use, but Scott has also indicated that for people who don't have access to web servers to host their own instance of the software, he would be able/willing to provide hosted access on servers he has for a small monthly fee.

However I'm sure he'll be along soon to give more detail on where we are and how we should plan to move forward.

K

Scott Holtzman:

--- Quote from: Kevin McDonough on February 01, 2017, 11:25:27 am ---The goal as has been discussed in the other thread is firstly to put together a detailed spec and project plan, and possibly a small fund of money to allow Scott, who has experience with software development and access to programmers who could do a lot of the actual program work, to begin to move forward with the actual programming an implementation.

As far as I'm aware, forum members would be able to help in this if the had the relevant skills/experience, but if not would still be able to help in documentation writing, design decisions, UI, etc etc.

The software would then be available freely on the GPL license for people to use, but Scott has also indicated that for people who don't have access to web servers to host their own instance of the software, he would be able/willing to provide hosted access on servers he has for a small monthly fee.

However I'm sure he'll be along soon to give more detail on where we are and how we should plan to move forward.

K

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Kevin,  thanks for the fine introduction however some clarifications:


1 - The decision if we can solicit funds to add developers is being reviewed.  Not a given yet
2 - This has been going on for a long time.  I sold my business so no longer can provide hosting.  My current thinking is to publish a "playbook" or series of commands that can be pushed to a server so that the software could be installed when ordering an Amazon AWX/EC2 cloud instance or my personal favorite Digital Ocean.  In either event a simple installer will be provided on an image, that can be downloaded and put on a USB key or a DVD will install an Open Source operating system, a web server, a DB server and the software.  This method of distributing web based apps is called LAMP for Linux Apache MySQL and PHP.  Those constituents are:


1 - Linux - Basic operating system
2 - Apache - Web server
3 - MySQL - DB Server
4 - PHP - Web language


3 - We already have system admin tools (so users don't even have to see Linux), installers, updaters, home screens that can push feeds.  All we have to do is start writing modules. 
4 - I work on another Open Source project and have offered my time and some development resources
5 - I also intend to use this software in my production efforts


Thanks

Nathan Riddle:
My day job is a software test developer. Primarily I write use cases, use Test Complete to test software to requirement specifications, etc.

I'm not particularly good at programming, I prefer a more hardware level programming (C++) than C# or SQL or databases.

That said, I understand UI, the user experience, various development strategies, etc.

I'd be willing to help out as much as time allows, (definitely not as a developer [no time as I'm growing my sound company & working my day job], probably I'm best suited a tester to give feedback and thoughts).

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