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Dave Aronson
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The Codosaurus
(by Fanie GrĂ©goire)

Codosaurus, LLC

Custom Software Development and More

What can I evolve for you today?


Welcome to Codosaur.us, home of Codosaurus, LLC!  You've probably got a lot of questions, so let's dive right in.  Here are the most common FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

What services do you offer?

Mainly I do custom software development, and occasionally some training.  I'll also help out fellow geeks as a subcontractor, programming pair, etc.  If there's anything else likely you want, just ask me.

What kind of software?

Mainly web applications, especially the back end, but I can do other things too.  I've done lots of other server and command-line apps, some front-end web work, a bit of desktop GUI work, and have started dabbling in mobile.

For what kinds of clients?

Companies of any size, mainly ones that either use software in the delivery of their products or services, or provide software development services themselves (use me as a subcontractor).   You can find some examples, and further explanation, on the clients page.

What technologies do you work with?

I was trying to avoid making the non-geeks' eyes glaze over, but if you really want the mind-numbing details, see the Technologies page.

What do you train people on?

Mostly Ruby, Rails, and software development techniques like TDD (Test Driven Development), BDD (Behavior Driven Development), pair programming, and Agile principles.  I've also trained people on information security principles (such as CISSP prep classes), assorted specific products, public speaking, and many other things.  If needed, I'll teach pretty much anything.  If it's a subject I don't already know, but I'm interested in it, I'll learn it.

Are you available now?

Yes; I am current available for about 40 hours per week.  I can do that all for one client, or break it up among multiple part-time clients.

What are you looking for?

Mainly, Ruby on Rails contracts I can do from home.  However, I'll also consider other technologies, temporary employment, a reasonable commute (Northern Virginia, within about fifteen miles from Fairfax City), or even a short gig (up to about a month) away from home on per-diem.  I am not open to longer contracts on the road, "permanent" employment, or relocation.

What do you charge?

My rate depends on many factors.  My standard rate, for pure-remote work for a direct client, is $120/hour.  Things that can raise it include commuting, people or technologies that seem like they will be a pain to work with, short projects, and other such pain-points.  Things that can lower it include staffing agencies (to let them make a profit), W2 status (lower taxes), chances to learn something new, worthy causes, and other pleasant factors.  On top of all that, there's usually some wiggle room.

I'm also willing to work for a daily or weekly rate.  I'll even work on a fixed-price project basis, if the work is very well understood, but it generally means a much higher estimated net rate, and far less flexibility for both of us.

How about working for equity?

Not purely for equity.  If that's what you want, go convince a venture capitalist, not me, that you'll be the next Facetergram, and they'll give you enough money to pay me what I'm worth.  But, if I believe in your idea and your ability to bring it to fruition, I'll meet you in the middle, and take half the pay in money and half in shares.

Is there anything else I should know?

Of course, you probably have a lot more questions!  Just ask!