“I’m hacking it!”. iHacky.
Imagine that you’re hacking away on a web app that uses the Wicket web framework. You want to know how to create a form so that the website can POST data. You have no idea how to do it. You go to the Wicket reference page and find a class called StatelessForm. In your web app you declare a StatelessForm with the “new” operator. But you keep getting the error “Cannot instantiate the instance” from your IDE.
You’re frustrated and decide to go on Facebook and poke some people. You see a invitation for iHacky andiHacky is saying “Meet cool new hackers”. You accept the invitation and is redirected to the iHacky homepage. You see a search field to search for dependencies. You type in “StatelessForm”, press enter and a list of iHacky users are shown. Miraculously iHacky indicates a few of them know about Wicket. You immediately compose a message to a single user asking for help about the StatelessForm class.
Two minutes later a response comes back and in the message body it says “You’re getting that error because you’ll need to override the onSubmit method for the Form.”
You thank the iHacky user and add him/her as a friend.
The goal of iHacky is to connect the developers’ community, allowing them to easily share expertise and contribute to the community.iHacky story
Pay rate: $50 per hour (corporate cost) demonstration and evaluation are individuals with experience in the HackyStat system.
Total hours spent for entire group: 253 hours
Wage: $50 x 253 = $12,650
Server cost: 4 months x $5 = $20
Utilities (electric + internet): $240
Electronic depreciation (laptop): $450
Total: $13,360Cost of operation