The project I have been working on and seeking advice on from this forum for over a year is approaching it's final steps. All that really remains is arranging the controls on the forms into a layout that is both functional and "pretty" (and getting a nice bottle of champagne of course).
Once that step is done I'll need to test my application, preferably with those who know a little about the goals of it and can provide constructive feedback.
My question is 3 fold:
1) How can I find such beta testers? (preferably for free)
2) Before providing copies of the solution to the testers, are there any suggestions on how to protect all of my hard work besides obfuscating the code, which only protects me from hackers/programmers (and even then only marginally).
3) What kind of protections should I have in place to prevent the concept and goals of my solution from falling into the hands of my future competitors? And what, if any, liability for data loss, hardware failure etc...would not be covered with a standard EULA that the testers would agree to?
I know #3 is kind of a legal question and trust me I plan on consulting with counsel first, but would prefer to get some feedback from those who might know before spending $250/hr for someone to stare at me and say "ummm...I can turn my computer on and off? I can show you if you want?"