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typical contractor rates / outsourcing
You'll actually find that there are more Perl coders over there, though that's changing. Remember that they don't have Gates donations (aka Doze boxes) in their universities. It's also true that while there's wide variation,
That said, this was new, clean code, not fixup of crapcode.
Tell your boss that MHO is that he should pay you to create architectural and functional requirements and do a clean sheet rewrite with you overseeing, if you're up for it. Then, it doesn't matter where the coders are.
And yes, I was in the office at 4am and they stayed up half their night with me.
BTW, what is in North Central NJ? I grew up in Madison and Brookside along Rt. 24.
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