How we helped Photofy create the first version of their first Web Application – One of our first projects as a Nearshore Software Development company

Photofy and Near Coding

Back in 2012, Near Coding was a young company and the way we got businesses was by bidding in freelance websites, most of them already gone, such as oDesk, Elance, Rent-a-coder, and so on. On those websites you could create entities called Agencies and those were some kind of online companies inside those platforms.

At the moment our Agency had 4 employees, we had our own office in San José downtown and we had those developers working there, so our Agency, which was called with our real name: Near Coding, was a real Nearshore Software Development company using a platform to perform Software Development business, Custom Software Development, Web Development, Staff Augmentation and Consulting Services. We bid and won an hourly rated contract for a Web Developer for Photofy under Jessie Flores’ supervision, this Bilingual Intermediate .NET Web Developer was selected, tested, recruited, hired and supervised by Near Coding.

Photofy sent a Requirements Documents (RD) and Wireframes to Near Coding, our Solutions Architect at the time created the front-end, back-end, database and infrastructure solution for what was going to become the first version of Photofy for the Web.

Photofy 1.0 was a crowd-sourcing platform that allowed contributors to upload designs, be reviewed by in-house specialists and then shared with the internal design libraries, so it could be purchased by other designers.


Near Coding was the first Nearshore Software Development partner of Photofy, we created a Project Plan and a full Web Application Solution for them, we delivered a working solution, documentation, source code and any other material needed. The development included that the developer interacted constantly and directly with the client design and QA personnel.

The project was internally managed with Scrum, the tasks were assigned and measured using Jira.

The product had an internal architecture that was developed with a normalized SQL Server 2012 database, a RESTful API, a Back-End developed in C#, a Front-End with ASP.NET MVC 4.

The full list of technologies used were:






Razor Syntax

jQuery, knockout.js

Entity Framework 5.0



SQL Server 2012

Atlassian Jira

We saved some screenshots, but ALL the code and data was entirely delivered to the client (Mr. Flores), securely stored by Near Coding up until 90 days after the final delivery. Near Coding never saves nor uses source code or data from our clients, we have very high standards about it and are very happy to sign NDA with each of our partners.

Testimonial from the client: “Excellent work, great team, will use again “. Jesse Flores. Founder and Creator of Photofy. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area. j**********

Do you need help with the development of a Custom Web Application? Do you want to work with an Agile, Highly-Efficient Software Development team? Do you need to add specialized Nearshore Software Development staff to your IT team?

Let’s talk. We will be happy to help you with your Software Development needs.

Location: San José, Costa Rica

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