This will be a membership site where will be able to track a certain type of investment.
The data (monthly price changes, etc...) for the investments is on a publicly available site but it is displayed in a poor manner. The data is displayed from the public site in tables. I want to scrape the data and store it in my own database so I can manipulate it and display graphs and tables in a more user friendly format.
I also want the users to be able to enter information from the checks that they receive from their investments so the site can run comparisons between what they get paid on their checks and what is reported to the public site and any discrepancies will be displayed. I'll also want to send e-mail alerts when certain conditions are met (investment expired, price hits a certain #, etc...)
I have already consulted with a programmer who estimates the job will take about 40 hours (with CodeIgniter) for a mid-level programmer.
I will attach an NDA that needs to be signed before I can go into more specific details.
I have already written the basics of the site, but it is taking me too long because I'm having to learn everything from scratch. Here is what I have learned so far that might help you in bidding:
Some of the tables are too large for Regex. I think Regex only supports about 100,000 characters. So, you'll have to write a custom function to scrape the data. Everything is displayed in the same format so it is very easy to scrape. There aren't any surprises like missing tags or misspellings.
I like the way flexigrid looks for displaying tables. I think I would like some of the table cells to be editable. (jQuery/Ajax?) I'm fairly confident that knowledge of some type of Ajax is going to be necessary for this project.
I don't have a preference for a charting library. I made a simple chart using jpgraph and everything worked fine, but it was taking me a long time to figure out how to get it to display like I wanted.