Custom Application Development:

Application design


December 17, 2008  10:58 PM

The Danger of Over Simplication



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Human Interface Design, IT Management, Software maintenance

How many times have you heard "I have an easy request for you..." from either users or the non-technical manager with no concept of what it takes to create an integrated software application?  Most of us that have been up and down the development block have experienced this I'm sure, and also...

November 24, 2008  3:32 PM

Data Storage, Government and Computer Systems



Posted by: SJC
Application design, CIO, IT administration

A lengthy article that caught my attention earlier today wrote about concerns that the U.S. Government's new Electronic Records Archives program may not be ready for the big time.  OK, so that really isn't unusual - but - other statements made in the article truly indicate a magnitude of...


October 31, 2008  8:40 PM

Time for Application Re-Design?



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Software maintenance

As an independent custom application software developer I have determined that any really active application (...defined as an application basically designed and developed on an on-going basis, changed and updated frequently as business needs develop) periodically requires that the developer step...


October 9, 2008  3:59 PM

Business Changes, Personnel Changes and the Custom Application



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business process automation, Small Business Computing, Software Quality

There's nothing that I can think of to "shake up" business processes and the custom applications used to support those processes more than a personnel change.  This is most clearly apparent in the small company applications used by a handful of key users in the company.  If for whatever reason...


October 6, 2008  3:13 PM

Maintenance vs New Design



Posted by: SJC
Application design, IT administration, IT Management, Software maintenance

My previous post made reference once again to the human interface design of an application and application speed considerations. As a follow-up to that post, I find myself thinking once again about a few of the issues which I have previously posted about code maintenance and new design. "


October 6, 2008  11:46 AM

Software Application Speed and ADD Users



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Application Performance, Business process automation, Human Interface Design, Software application development, Software Quality, Software testing, User Interface

ADD -- aka Attention Deficit Disorder -- is, some say, an altogether too common ailment in today's society, at least in the U.S. While I certainly don't intend to debate that issue, a recent experience got me to thinking about how children with ADD do and will grow up to be computer application...


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  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...


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