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10 Things To Know BEFORE Hiring A Freelance Programmer
By: Robert Plank
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    Law 7: (For web-based apps) use HTML templates.

    Most programmers I've seen are shitty designers. This way you can change the way the script appears and even hire out a professional designer.

    You need the programmer to use a very simple template system.

    In PHP this would be something like FastTemplate, where there is a simple "tag" in the HTML like {firstName} or %firstName%. There are other bad template scripts for PHP such as Smarty, which sucks because it embeds PHP code in the templates. You'd have the same problem using regular PHP. The whole point of having templates are to separate the code from the appearance.

    Law 8: If you can afford it, get a code inspector.

    This is a programmer you know to be good but maybe too expensive to write the entire script, who can take a quick look at the code after every release to make sure the program is "good enough" ... not perfect but sellable.

    Your inspector is only looking for HUGE problems in the program or script like the usage of gotos or globals, or maybe your freelancer is using a database but hasn't normalized it properly or forgot to add indeces where they are needed to keep the database fast.

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