Patrick Cotter

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  1. Where to start?

    Thank you, Winfield. I thought is was not especially difficult. It is nice to have that confirmed. I feel like I am stumbling around. I've made an animated gif of the concept. Unfortunately, due to an agreement I cannot disclose that just yet. That is making this much more difficult than it should be. I can't wait to remove that hurdle.
  2. Where to start?

    Thanks, Brunopava.  I'll try to explain with a little more detail with a very simplified example. I want to be able to embed interactive graphics on a web page. Imagine a triangle, a square, a circle, and a star within a frame on the page. Each object is labeled with a related topic or thought that the user would like to explore. Because there is a strong corellation between the circle and star topics, if the user selects the circle, informative dialog related to the circle topic may appear AND the star grows and moves closer to the circle while objects with a negative or no correlation to the circle topic, the triangle and square, shrink and move away. Because there is a correlation between the star and the square, the square will expand and move closer to the star as the user moves from the circle to the star while the circle shrinks to former size and moves away.   The size and distance of each object is determined by a relationship factor which is called from a template. That factor (or index value) may have, as an example, a base of zero so that equally related objects with a zero index all appear to have the same relative starting size and distance from each other. Items with a negative index (correlation) to a selected object would shrink. I had assumed that if I gave this task to a regular programmer, the programmer would need specific formulas for moving and resizing the objects based on XY coordinates.   Of course more is needed than this simple example. I don't know what can even actually be accomplished within a web-based structure, what skill sets are required of the programmer, are the formulas I am creating a waste of time, and of course how to budget this project.   It seems to me that a game developer would be more appropriate than a "normal" programmer.
  3. Where to start?

    I want to develop a web-based game-style interface. I don't know if this is the right forum. I first posted this in Game Designs but it looks as though it isn't even being read.   A little background info....the interface would be primarily for mobile devices and would involve a few images that respond to each other. The basic premise is very simple, something similar to a combination of jQuery features (move, resize, pop-up dialogs, etc.). I started to create mathematical formulas for the correlations between the images because I thought I might need to give this to a developer. It occurred to me that I may be recreating the wheel. There must be tools that GDs use for these tasks.   Of course my first objective is to get to the right forum. Then my objectives are to get a little technical advice to save some time and to connect with programmers to get a budget.   BTW, I am a Florida CPA willing to barter services if anyone has the need for a CPA.   I really appreciate any advice!
  4. Where to start?

    I want to develop a web-based game-style interface. I don't know if this is the right forum.   A little background info....the interface would be primarily for mobile devices and would involve a few images that respond to each other. The basic premise is very simple, something similar to a combination of jQuery features (move, resize, pop-up dialogs, etc.). I started to create mathematical formulas for the correlations between the images because I thought I might need to give this to a developer. It occurred to me that I may be recreating the wheel. There must be tools that GDs use for these tasks.   Of course my first objective is to get to the right forum. Then my objectives are to get a little technical advice to save some time and to connect with programmers to get a budget.   BTW, I am a Florida CPA willing to barter services if anyone has the need for a CPA.   I really appreciate any advice!