Custom Application Development:

June, 2008

June 30, 2008  6:47 PM

On the way to Green IT

Posted by: SJC
Green IT, IT Management, Virtualization

Green IT -- you've read and heard a lot about it recently.  Green (whatever) is the color of the day, week - indeed future. However, I can't help but think about all the trees we were going to save by having our computers do all the work for us, and then present results without paper! ...

June 30, 2008  2:19 AM

Work-Life Balance – No Measure of Cost

Posted by: SJC
Development, IT administration, IT careers, IT Management, work-life balance

An article which recently caught my eye entitled "5 signs your people don't have work-life balance" triggered my interest once again in blogging about this topic.  (

June 29, 2008  2:21 AM

Useful Tools of the Trade

Posted by: SJC
Analysis Tools, Application Performance, Development, IT Management, Performance, Software testing, TCP/IP

A few days ago I blogged about how I was playing detective with a clients computer system, struggling with performance issues.  It has been an interesting few days since that blog, and I have discovered much, and learned along the way. One thing that I learned about is a nifty utility offered...

June 27, 2008  11:30 AM

Developer, Business Consultant or Detective?

Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, IT careers, Small Business Computing

I wrote a couple of days ago about how I thought that we independent developers had to be partially detective, and indeed not just developers, but pretty much in any IT position that we may hold.  My last post really was somewhat of an example where the developer was acting more like a business...

June 27, 2008  1:55 AM

A Business Process NOT to be Duplicated

Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, Business process automation, Small Business Computing, Software application development

When an independent application software developer first meets with a prospective new client it becomes very much a meeting where each party is evaluating the other.  For the developer it becomes questions of "Is this an organization I can work with?  Can I provide what they are looking for? ...

June 25, 2008  3:53 PM

Application Performance and Other Investigative Opportunities

Posted by: SJC
IT administration, IT Management, Networking, Security, Software Quality, Software testing

Sometimes I feel more like I'm a detective than programmer/analyst.  Fact is, I believe, that there has to be at least a little bit of detective in every IT person who has the opportunity to evaluate software applications and their sometimes strange behaviors. As an example of what I mean, I...

June 20, 2008  2:51 AM

The Technology Career – Demands and Observations

Posted by: SJC
IT administration, IT careers, IT Management, work-life balance

I read with dismay and a good deal of reflection a recent article entitled "Why women quit Technology Careers" and comments posted to the...

June 16, 2008  9:07 PM

Specifications and Assumptions

Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, Database application front-end programming, Small Business Computing, Software application development, Software maintenance

We all know what it means to assume -- but sometimes our assumptions are so completely hidden from us that we don't even know when we are assuming. I had an iinteresting conversation with another developer last week that illustrates this point (...and a few others that I've blogged about...

June 13, 2008  12:26 AM

Beta Testing – A True Story

Posted by: SJC
Beta Testing, Business Application Value, Business process automation, Software Quality

On a visit to my chiropractor today I heard a story that I found simply amazing to believe, yet I have to believe it as I was witness to some of the "events" a few years ago - and I remember them well! It seems that some 6-8 years back my chiropractor (always on the lookout for a "good" deal)...

June 6, 2008  4:00 PM

Application Expectations

Posted by: SJC
Small Business Computing, TCP/IP

I had an opportunity to witness once again the user frustration when software doesn't perform according to expectation - in this case - the expectation unfulfilled was intuitiveness. The scenario involved plugging in a Windows XP laptop into a network with no DHCP. (Networks I work with are all...

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