Custom Application Development

Oct 26 2007   1:03PM GMT

More thoughts on Software Quality and Testing



Posted by: SJC
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Business process automation
Database application
Database application front-end programming
Software Quality
Software testing

On October 15th  Michelle Davidson, site editor for SearchSoftwareQuality.com, in her newsletter “This Week” made reference to a post that called software testing “a hated necessity.”  I certainly have seen evidence of that over my years in software development and as an IT software specialist, and I really don’t understand why it persists.  As an independent developer of applications for small companies, I do not normally have the luxury of having my work reviewed by another — absolutely the preferred methodology in my book.

For most of the development work that I do, initial testing is performed by myself, and then by my customer.  Fortunately, most of the time, we are expecting the same results, and most often they are met.  A development project is more often than not a fluid motion involving constant communication between developer and customer.  However, being the lone developer on a project can have its pitfalls, especially when doing maintenance work on a project which was created years ago, before I “really” knew what I was doing.  Maintenance work is what I tend to dread the most — not the testing.  I know few developers who religiously comment their source code — and I’m as guilty as most. 

“Maintainability” is generally accepted as one of the measures of software quality.  I made reference to the project I’m doing for a long term customer of mine in my last blog post, and how I’ve had the opportunity to review “old” code and design in the process.  (By the way — the customer reads this blog regularly).  This code has definitely been a challenge to maintain — certainly giving me a new appreciation of the role maintainability plays in “software quality”.

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  • Iuse2code
    The more I read this blog, the more I find out about my application. - 'the customer'
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    Hello It is very nice to read all this and it is very knowledgeable. Thanks. =================================== Sarah Link Building
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