How does it work?
You email me with a detailed project proposal. I turn it down without even considering it – wait, just kidding. I decide whether I want to take it on. If I do, I'll eventually either send it to you, or post the code online so that everyone can benefit. The code will be under the BSD license unless there’s a good reason not to use it.
What I will do:
- Stuff that I think would be fun
- Small utilities
- Small patches to open source programs
- Small SIMBL plugins
- Debugging a personal project
- Code that you turn around and sell for millions
What I won’t do:
- Big stuff: I’d generally like to spend a couple hours max per project.
- Boring stuff: I’m doing this for fun. No, I won’t reformat your COBOL.
- Homework: Although I will help you learn if you show some initiative.
- Windows/Linux/Mobile: Mac and web dev only, unless it’s something I find especially interesting.
- Fancy GUIs with graphics and animation: Too much of a pain. You can expect any utilities to have a bare-bones interface.
Volunteer projects I’ve already done for friends:
- A small app that integrated with Facebook to collect statistics on friends
- A small feature addition to open source graphics tool Pixen
- A dual-column text editor for altering documents and comparing changes (similar to FileMerge)
- A utility for dumping an online dictionary into an Apple Dictionary file
- A bugfix patch to open source SIMBL plugin KeyWurl
- And more…
I’ll consider larger projects in return for some form of compensation. (Update: Please don’t offer royalties, I won’t accept.)
Once you have put together a detailed project description, feel free to email me.
Disclaimer: I may take and use your ideas. If you don’t like that, don’t send them to me. If you send me some of your code, I promise I will do my best to keep it confidential.