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Old May 1st, 2012, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I'm a newbie, and I need advice on the following issue: I would like to create a domain-specific dictionary and share it for free as an app.

I don't have any programming skills but I see there are tons of dictionaries around, and in their most basic form they are just a set of terms along with their definitions. So the idea would be to just take a free source code and customize it, assumed that I would provide a database (or whatever preferred form of structured data) with the terms.

I don't have the money to pay a professional programmer, so the question is -- isn't there anyone (e.g., students) who could this for a very tiny budget? can you suggest any strategies?
I need to know whether such a project may be accomplished, before starting to develop the content (i.e. the terms along with their definitions).

Please be aware I'm neither minimizing the technical skills nor underevaluating the role of professional programmers.

I will be happy to receive any suggestions and/or comments.

Thanks.

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I had to implement a large dictionary for my game. The complexity of the problem depends on the number of words in your dictionary. If you only have a few hundred words then it would be pretty easy for a good student programmer to knock something up in a few hours. Things get way more complex once you start thinking about searching tens of thousands of words quickly.

There are websites around (like topcoder) which set up reverse auctions. Developers all bid to undercut each other to do programming work. You might be better off posting a notice in the computer science department of your local university though.
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