We currently have a spidering engine, developed in Visual Basic (.Net), which extracts information from numerous pages (based on criteria in db, THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION) and puts it into our MS SQL Database. The engine was working flawlessly up until recently when changes to the target site were made. We are looking for a company who has knowledge of XML/VB.NET and can provide us updates on the application as well as further develop/fix whats currently there. The first step would obviously be to familiarize yourself with the code and update the application based on the various changes on the target system. I am also open to overhauling the application to make it a standalone desktop application for end users to utilize instead of simply populating a database with all the respective fields.
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).