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User detection features for Social Gaming Site

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Hi.
I would like to start a Social Network site aimed at Gaming but with advanced user detection features for all members online, whatever the device they are using (Console/PC etc.), I would like to be able to get this to prototype stage and would appreciate the following information.

1.    The most important feature I require with this site, would be the ability for users to see, who, on their 'friends list', is online and what they are playing and on what device, PC, WII, Xbox, Play Station etc...  As mentioned I would like to just bring this to a working prototype and need to know what kind of engineers/programmers etc I would need to employ to get it to that stage.  Just to elaborate further, I would like something similar to XFire.coms' features, but across all gaming devices and not just PC gaming as XFire does, and more of a social experience than XFire.

2.     I would also appreciate a cost and timescale the prototype might incur.  I understand this will be vague so minimum and maximum figures would be really appreciated.    

3.     Any other comments would also be appreciated.

Thanks in advance and regards.
Paul.
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by:Koma666
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This sounds like you want the community to build a business case for you :-)

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You need a developer for every platform that you want to implement, because you will need a client that sends informations to your server for every os. Or you can use something like Java that runson multiple platforms but to support all platforms you will need more then java and some will only support their own language.

2) I think nobody can give you an answer here because this depends on how many platform you want to implement and the time and cost varies from platform to platform.

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This project will cost you a lot of work and money.
This is a huge project depending on which platforms you plan to implement.
You should start with some platforms and try to get more and more while the project is growing.
Perhaps a good start would be to evaluate the lowest common denominator of the most important systems that you would like to implement and then start to implement a software that can be used on this systems. Or code it for one system and develop the server structure.


Good luck to you ;-)

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by:PaulDol
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Thankyou so very much for getting back to me.

Delighted i did not get 'that is impossible' and understand and appreciate your suggestions at the end.

Just to clarify who i should look to hire, if i go looking for a web developer I am lightly to end up with someone who can use Dreamweaver, what kind of credentials should i be looking for in people who can get this started for me.

Thanks again and i did not know if i accepted your solution weather i would be able to write this reply, so i will be accepting your solution.

Paul.
PS  The 'business case' would be nice:-)
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Hi, If this was my project I would (but this is only my personal feeling ;-) hire:

A Java Web Developer with J2EE knowledge (EJB, JSF and Axis or XFire) for the Server side Web application. Perfect would be a liferay guy because liferay already has your social stuff ready to use :-)

A Java Developer for the client that sends the onlline status from the client to the server (I would start with windows, Linux and MAC)
This part can also be done by the guy from above but I don't know your timeframe and this two parts of the software allow a clean cut between departments.

I think it should be possible to have a prototype after 3 to 4 month. But keep in mind, prototype means that it can show you the possibilities but is far away from getting productive ;-)



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by:PaulDol
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Thanks again so so much.

This is exactly the info i require and at least now, i have a starting point.

I'll let you know my progress and perhaps pick your brain again :-)

Paul
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This sounds like an interesting project, let me know if you need more help with that.
Hmm, Is there any way to change email adresses, I have never seen such a feature in EE.
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by:PaulDol
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This is a email i don't use that much only if i think it will create spam, so you can forward your address to this one and i'll forward my good one back :-)   pauldolan1@hotmail.com

Good thinking, I didn't want to ask just in case it was against the rules.

Paul
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