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Developer and Designer Network

Published 05/14/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for? is a community of tech-minded individuals. Users can search for designers and developers to help them complete smaller projects. The website is intended to give designers and developers a place to hook up and find the services they need to finish applications and other projects. The site also features educational articles and courses as well as content for technical people. Users can browse a list of existing projects, which include the project name, description and what skills are needed to complete it. Previous emails can be accessed as well. The site lists competitions and ‘hackathons’ that give users another collection of projects and challenges to explore and possibly apply their skills to. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app? was introduced in 2011. The website was intended to help designers and developers find one another and finish projects. The site favors small projects over large ones, encouraging users to lend their skills and experience on short term tasks. The site hasn’t been widely discussed, but maintains a sizable community of technical professionals and skilled individuals. The site currently boasts over 7,850 users and 290 projects that need partners.

What are the differences to other apps? is not much different from other communities that are designed to help users find those with specific skills. What makes the website unique is its focus on smaller projects. Users are more likely to commit their time to a shorter term task and will be more likely to help out with multiple projects if all their free time isn’t already committed to just one. The website expands its offerings by including competitions.

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How does the web app look and feel to use? uses a fun, upbeat design that is highlighted by large-headed little robot beings that are busily working on the homepage. The design is very creative without deviating away from the technical nature of the users who frequent it. Anyone can easily navigate and find their way to fitting projects or competitions that will challenge the user’s abilities. has created an environment that is visually appealing and nurtures its growing community.

How does the registration process work?

Anew user can join the community by clicking the blue “Register” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The form on the next page asks for a username, email address, password and the user’s profession (either developer, designer or both). After submitting the form, the user is advised that they must check their email inbox for an activation message. This must be accessed before the user can login.

What does it cost to use the application? invites all users to sign up at no cost. There are no subscription fees or other charges. Users can post projects for nothing. Users should note that the application does not market itself as a freelancer network. Some projects may not pay for services. Partnership may be offered. Those that work out a paying agreement will be doing so on good faith unless they work through a third party service.

Who would you recommend the application to? is intended specifically for developers, designers or those that possess both skills. User can post projects or find projects to lend their skills towards. The websites nurtures a fun, upbeat atmosphere that encourages users to interact and accomplish small goals. There are no fees associated with using the site and users can tap into the knowledge and skills of thousands of others. Competitions provide another layer to’s offerings.

  • Join a network of experienced developers and designers
  • Browse projects to find those in need of specific skills
  • Discover ways to complete small projects
  • Search competitions and hackathons
  • Explore tech-related news and updates

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