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Hi All,

I am planning to have my software development startup, but I do not have appropriate manpower or customers. My plan of action is to develop some sample projects and also, build one end-to-end Payroll system and auction it on freelance websites for potential customers. Please suggest if this is the right approach? Also, I know .NET, JSP, PHP, HTML CSS to a certain extent, so which one is preferred for payroll for ipad, android mobiles?

 

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Sameer

  • Casper Spanggaard
    One approach is to develop a simple sales page and then drive some potential customers from a marketing channel to the page. Then measure the download rate. Optimize the download rate by changing your offer or feature descriptions. Then test different prices. Then develop a minimum viable product with a few of the most desired features.
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Find a problem and start building a solution for it , so if you think that you want to build one end-to-end Payroll system then research about it , find out what other solutions are there (competitors) .
What problems are there in competitors products or are they too costly ?

Then try to crack a deal with someone who needs it (potential customer) let them use your product ,  research how many people actually wants to buy such softwares , how many such auctions happen and the one who won it previously , what they were offering .

Start with PHP if you know it , you can start writing own system or use framework like codeigniter or laravel to start with .

You can get a lot of premade such softwares as opensource contribution for free , search it , download it and modifly according to your needs.

For android and IOS , i would say you can use webview based app that open website of product in app . Then you can go go for native solution , like for example android apps are made though java . You can also have a look at

PhoneGap and

Corona Labs: Cross-Platform Mobile App Development

to make apps available on all platforms … rest you can google whenever you want .

  • Sameer Sachdeva
    Hi, Thanks for the insight and this really helps. I am well versed with PHP myql / sql server and trying to get free payroll systems to study them better. However, some of my friends suggested to use Python and Django platform instead of PHP, due to its ease of use and security. Is it true? Also, the solution that I develop in PHP will I be able to integrate with webview based app or integration with Java platform?
  • Varun Verma
    if you can learn python django its super awesome , but if you do not know it already it will take some time to learn it . Better to start with something you already know. You can save time and it will be fast for you to build something. Yes you can make webview apps in any language and for native apps you can write apis in any language. (REST APIs)
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I would also suggest PHP to start with bcz of various reasons- open source, lamp server. PHP is script based while .NET involves compiled code-behind codes. Before .net, the Classic ASP was quite popular among web designers in the late 90s.

  • Sameer Sachdeva
    Hi, Thanks. I started my career with ASP during college days and then moved to .NET or other platforms. PHP is my obvious choice over .NET, since it is easy to code and use as a developer. However, some of my friends suggested to use Python and Django platform instead of PHP, due to its ease of use and security. Is it true? And, can I use the same PHP solution developed for desktop on mobile devices? I am myself working on SAP technology and 99% teams in my MNC ask for either android or iPad support.
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PHP is used for websites and websites can be viewed with a web browser on a mobile device. it is not a compiled language, and would not be an efficient choice of a programming language for mobile use. PHP doesn’t produce a standalone executable binary. It’s a text file that gets run each time by the PHP interpreter, which is why it would take up more resources and run slower than if it were written in a compiled language. However if you want to, you will need to do some custom development to adapt it for mobile users.

 

  • Sameer Sachdeva
    Can you give an example on how to do custom development for mobile users? I do not want to end up building up solutions for desktop / web and mobile differently. As of now, I am not going for product based service and rather, service based.
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You can seek help from the expert like Alexandra Watkins, she knows almost everything specially branding ideas for kick starters. You can also check this site http://eatmywords.com/portfolio/before-and-after/

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