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27th March 2007 HR
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on 27th March 2007 / by webmaster
Freelancing is not just sitting home and earning some extra income, it is in fact a proven career option. Anybody who is capable of working in an IT company should be able to earn as much or even more through freelancing. Besides being a viable employment option for the unemployed, it gives students and non-IT employees an addional revenue source. As the adage goes - there is no free lunch - you have to put in some effort to get into this field. However it is not very difficult and if one spends some dedicated effort he/she can start off in this field in a matter of 2-4 weeks. The following gives a mashup of some of the points you have to consider... Who can be a successful freelancer Literally anybody can become a successful freelancer There are no preconditions and no essential qualifications There will be a field that matches your interest and capability You dont have to have any technology know-how to start with Essential Attributes for a Freelancer Willingness to work :) Confidence in one's own abilities Desire to grow Skills you will learn along the way Ability to work independently Ability to self-learn Targeted browsing skills and Good internet-search skills Good communication skills (Obviously) Good technical skills Areas where freelancing opportunities are avaialable Web Application Development Desktop application Development Graphics Designing - logos, themes, icons Website Designing - layout, templates CAD conversions Slideshow Presentations Technical writing Professional Blogging Data Entry Software Documentation Content editing, manuscript reviewing Before you start off Identify two or three areas where you would like to try a hand Learn essential technologies and tools required to work in the selected areas Identify people whom you could fall back for technological assistance Starting off Bite only what you can chew. Try out a few small projects initially Communicate with the community your problems and get help when needed Build expertise in the technologies and tools in the selected area Contribute to the community to build your profile within the community Succeeding as a freelancer Anybody putting in some effort should be able to manage a decent career as a freelancer To succeed exceptionally well you will have to work exceptionally well You will have to gain top-class-expertise in the area you select You should have a very good profile within the community and should be contributing well for the community. Good luck with freelancing HR Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Ranjith Antony (not verified) access_time 20 Apr 2021 - 22:37 Anoop, Have been following your blog for a while. This is a proven concept in US. There is a whole bunch of them here and they call themselves as Indie Developers. Nice name eh? And there has been some successful players in the market as well. Nick Bradbudy is one of them. He is maintaining a blog at nick.typepad.com where he recently blogged some generous tips for wannabe indie developers. I think, his blog is an inspirational tool, which probably you might want to add it to your initial list in this blog. Yet another one is Jan Goyvaerts the creator of EditPad Pro. He maintains a blog at http://www.shareware-beach.com/. I myself is a loyal customer of both Nick’s and Jan’s products and I can attest myself that they do what they preach. Yet another concept, which is somewhat relevant to Freelancing is MicroISV a word first coined by Eric Sink (Founder of SourceGear) and later being used and misused by wannabe entrepreneurs. ~ranjith Add new comment
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on 26th March 2007 / by webmaster
Web-Development projects are one of the most widely available freelancing projects. The entry barrier for this segment of the market is also pretty low. The income generation possibilities are moderate to pretty decent. Remuneration would range anywhere from 1$ per hour to 15$ per hour depending on the type of job, complexity of the job and the nature of commitment. A vast majority of these projects use a small set of widely popular technologies. The following list gives some of the more popular technologies you need to learn to start with freelance web-development work Primary Technologies HTML/XHTML HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. Knowledge of HTML is a prerequisite for any kind of web application development. HTML is a markup language that uses text tags to convey layout and presentation information about the content. It is very easy to learn and once learned, one can use a plain text editor to create web pages on the fly. XHTML is an extension to HTML in that it specifies that the document must be valid XML. Useful Links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Html http://www.tizag.com/htmlT/ http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_intro.asp http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/ http://validator.w3.org/ CSS CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets. It is used to describe the presentation of a document written in a markup languageges like HTML or XHTML. All visual aspects of the content in an HTML/XHTML page should be described using CSS. This would lead to a clean separation of the content from its presentation. This gives the power to the developer to design highly flexible and reusable web designs. Useful Links http://www.w3schools/css/css_intro.asp http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Css http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/ http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ Javascript A scripting language based on the concept of prototype-based programming. Best known for its use in websites Useful Links http://www.w3schools.com/js/js_intro.asp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaScript http://www.quirksmode.org/ http://www.breakingpar.com http://www.w3.org/DOM/ http://devedge-temp.mozilla.org/central/javascript/index_en.html PHP PHP (PHP:Hypertext Preprocessor) is a reflective programming language designed for producing dynamic Web pages. Is perfectly suited for Web development and can be embedded directly into the HTML code. It is very similar to Perl and C. It is one of the most widely-used, free, and efficient alternative to competitors such as Microsoft's ASP. Useful Links http://www.w3schools.com/php http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Php http://www.php.net/manual/en/ http://www.tizag.com/phpT/index.php MySQL Is a multi threaded, multi-user database management system. The server runs on both windows and linux. MySQL is one of the most popular database system available in the market. MySQL is embraced by most of the FLOSS community and is the preferred database for most of the FLOSS solutions out there. Useful links http://www.mysql.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MySQL. http://www.tizag.com/mysqlTutorial/ http://www.w3schools.com/sql/sql_intro.asp http://www.w3schools.com/php/php_mysql_intro.asp Secondary Technologies POSTGRESQL PostgreSQL is a free software object-relational database management system (ORDBMS). It is a commercial grade open source database system that can match head on head with any other leading commercial database systems in the market. Along with MySQL it is one of the most used database system in FLOSS applications. Useful Links http://www.postgresql.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PostgreSQL Ruby On Rails Ruby on Rails is a web application framework used for Rapid Application Development (RAD). The primary objective is to increase the speed and ease of web development. Is an open source project written in the Ruby language. Useful Links http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby http://www.rubyonrails.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_on_rails JSP JSP is a Java technology that allows software developers to dynamically create web pages. The JSP syntax adds additional XML-like tags, called JSP actions. The technology allows for the creation of JSP tag libraries. They are compiled into Java Servlets by a JSP compiler. JSP compiler may generate a servlet in Java code that is then compiled by the Java compiler. Useful Links http://java.sun.com/products/jsp/ http://java.sun.com/j2ee/1.4/docs/tutorial/doc/index.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaServer_Pages AJAX AJAX - Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. It uses javascript to communicate with a webserver. One of the key aspects is that this would result in updating information on a webpage without refreshing the browser. This would result in a desktop application feel for the web application. Although been in existence for quite some time this was popularized by Google through its web applications Useful Links http://www.w3schools.com/ajax/ajax_intro.asp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajax ASP/ASP.Net ASP is Microsoft's Server-side scripting engine for dynamically-generated web pages. It is an object based programming language. Most ASP pages are written in VBScript. ASP.Net uses the .Net framework for creating web applications. Any of the languages VB.Net, C#.Net or J++.Net can be used within the .Net framework. Very few FLOSS solutions use .Net technologies. Useful Links http://www.w3schools.com/asp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_Server_Page http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa286483.aspx http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms644563.aspx VBScript VBScript(Visual Basic Scripting Edition) is an Active Scripting language. It is widely used in ASP as the scripting language. It is also used in creating automation scripts in windows. Useful Links http://www.w3schools.com/vbscript http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VBScript http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms950396.aspx Technical Solution Application Development Technologies Freelancing Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
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18th March 2007 Public Services
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on 18th March 2007 / by webmaster
Even though Kerala can proudly claim that it has almost 100% literacy rates, the e-literacy rates are dismally low. The younger generation is being initiated into the world of computers through their schools very early in their lives. However the not-so-young generation has missed the bus and of these only those with strong initiative have successfully gotten into the bandwagon. Kerala Government is extensively trying to spread e-literacy but there is still a big chunk of the population who have not participated in the Akshaya campaign. Some reasons are i) no time after regular employment, ii) uneasiness in going to a literacy class iii) sensitivity in proclaiming the e-illiterate status. To tackle some of this problems we have launched a test program where we send our staff to train the e-literate in the comfort of their homes. We are just taking on the enquiries one at a time currently to see the general response. If this program is a success we hope that it would generate employment opportunities for the e-educated unemployed youth in the state. Additionally this program would increase prospects for students to get some part-time employment and earn some extra income. Let us wait and see Public Services Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
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07th March 2007 Hardware
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on 07th March 2007 / by webmaster
The much awaited World Cup 07 has started. It is unfortunate that you have a world cup competition smack in the middle of exam season. Ever wished you could record the whole matches and view it later. Dont worry here is the simple solution. In 4 easy steps you can convert your computer into a TV and use it to watch and/or record all the world cup matches. Buy an internal TV Tuner card or an external TV Tuner Box. Be careful when you buy external tuners - not all of them support recording. Install the card in your PC/Set up the tuner box. Split your cable connection and connect one branch to your Tuner. Make sure you use balanced splitters and not just cut and splice. Schedule to record the match and turn of monitor & speakers if you dont plan to watch it live. Ensure that you dont have any of the power-saving modes on. Voila - you have your own personal recording station. If you need assistance in buying/installing/setting up the tuner/setting up connections, give us a call at 0471-4063818 or send us an email at info at zyxware dot com. We would be more than happy to help you with this. Hardware Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
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22nd February 2007 Community Projects , Free Software
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on 22nd February 2007 / by webmaster
We started zyxware with a vision to play an active role in changing the world around us positively. We are happy to announce the pilot mode launch of our first community initiative - Freelance@Zyxware. Through this project we hope to empower the student community technologically and financially. We hope that this would also give them a wonderful opportunity to learn and try new technologies, interact with other students with similar likes and the best part - get paid for doing this. Additionally we hope to nurture and build a forum of students through this project to promote FOSS, entrepreneurship, other open ideas, and similar initiatives. You can read more at Freelance@Zyxware Community Projects Free Software Drupal Contributions Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
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01st February 2007 Job Openings
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on 01st February 2007 / by webmaster
We are on the lookout for people for the following positions for our Software Services division. A basic degree will be expected as the minimum educational qualification. We have immediate openings for these postions. PHP Programmer (2+ yrs exp) - Requires a minimum of 2 years programming experience in PHP and MySQL. Knowledge in SMARTY and JQUERY would be a plus. ASP.Net Programmer (2+ yrs exp) - Requires 2 years of programming experience in ASP.Net using either C# or VB.Net and Oracle or SQL Server We also have the following position open. See our Job Openings page to view detailed requirements. Freshers are welcome to apply for all the positions except where specified. Java/J2EE Programmer (2+ yrs exp) Linux Administrator (0-2 yrs exp) Content Developer/Technical Writer Website/Graphics Designer Accountant Part-time Marketing Executives Full-time Marketing Executives PC Hardware Support If you think you or anybody you know matches the requirements do send resumes to careers at zyxware dot com and post your profile at www.zyxware.com/candidates/public/survey.php?name=Profile Job Openings Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
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