I have a series of website scraping programs (non-harmful!) written in Visual Basic 6. I scrape parts of each target site once a month. With that interval, there are times when the code for the scraper needs to be changed to handle site HTML changes etc.
I am looking for someone to handle these changes and run the scrapers for me on a regular basis. I would like to pay $50 per site scraped. There are, on average, 15 sites per month to scrape. Quite often the code does not change at all from month to month... so those sites result in "easy money." Other sites are being added. The initial setup for a site might take a couple of hours, but again, once a site is programmed, re-running it can usually be done without any further modifications.
The output of the scrapers is a flat, tab-delimited text file.
1) Complete and fully-functional working program(s) in executable form as well as complete source code of all work done.
2) Deliverables must be in ready-to-run condition, as follows (depending on the nature of the deliverables):
a) For web sites or other server-side deliverables intended to only ever exist in one place in the Buyer's environment--Deliverables must be installed by the Seller in ready-to-run condition in the Buyer's environment.
b) For all others including desktop software or software the buyer intends to distribute: A software installation package that will install the software in ready-to-run condition on the platform(s) specified in this bid request.
3) All deliverables will be considered "work made for hire" under U.S. Copyright law. Buyer will receive exclusive and complete copyrights to all work purchased. (No GPL, GNU, 3rd party components, etc. unless all copyright ramifications are explained AND AGREED TO by the buyer on the site per the coder's Seller Legal Agreement).
Visual Basic 6. I would like to keep the code in VB6 in order to maintain consistency with the current programs. Likewise, I would prefer to have you modify my code as opposed to writing your own from the ground up.