Custom Application Development:

September, 2008

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September 30, 2008  1:57 PM

The Economy and Custom Programs



Posted by: SJC
Independent software developer, Small Business Computing, Software Quality

Well, the DOW reached a record loss for one day of trade -- we're in a credit crunch (...so say the "experts") -- home values continue to drop in most areas -- and in short, the economy is a mess! One of my favorite on-line writers (Bob Lewis) has posted a couple of great reads once again in his...

September 26, 2008  7:33 PM

User Experience, User Interface or Human Interface Design?



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Human Interface Design, Software application development, Software Quality, User Experience, User Interface, UX

I have written quite often over the past year about user interface issues. One of my blog posts worked with the question of whether the interface should be busy or sparse. I also provided...


September 25, 2008  3:31 PM

Updates that Fail



Posted by: SJC
Failed software updates, Software maintenance, Software testing, Vista Update Problem

Don't you hate it when an update fails? I had the experience just yesterday while doing an update on my Microsoft Vista laptop. The updates appeared to be going correctly, but at the very end I found myself in an endless loop situation. The situation was not pretty and upon further investigation...


September 25, 2008  1:00 AM

New Applications – Taking the First Step



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business Application Value, Business process automation, IT Management, Small Business, Social Networking, Software application development

Social networking in business has been receiving quite a bit of press lately with many differing views on just what should or should not be allowed, or how to use various social networking tools now available.  I ran into an interesting read in an article "


September 24, 2008  3:00 PM

Simplicity of Application Human Interface



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Software Quality, User Interface

Early this month when I first read about Google's release of it's "Chrome" browser my first thought was "Why do we need another browser?".  I then pictured the Google page I now use as the home page on all of my systems, www.google.com.  It meets my standard...


September 24, 2008  11:19 AM

What keeps an out-of-date application in place



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business process automation, character based applications, Small Business Computing, Software maintenance

I had the opportunity recently to make some minor changes to reports originally created in the late 80's. The application is a character-based app running on an "old" version of SCO Unix, and hardware that has been kept alive by some clever mix and match combination of "old" components taken from...


September 19, 2008  9:05 PM

Reflections on this blog



Posted by: SJC

It was September 18th a year ago that I made my first post in this blog.  At the time, I really didn't know much about blogging, only vaguely knew that when  one had a blog to voice their thoughts on a topic, that they would almost inevitably find someone who shared their thoughts - someone who...


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