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February 7, 2008  12:17 PM

Applications, the Business and the Processes



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

Reading Bob Lewis's most recent article in KJR set my head spinning with thoughts of a commoditized IT similar to that of an electric company.  What Bob Lewis refers to in his article is a recent book entitled The Big Switch: Rewiring the World,...

January 28, 2008  12:55 PM

Development Humor as Thought Provoking Material



Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, Database, Database application, Development, Small Business Computing, Software application development, Software maintenance, Software Quality

While reading through one of the Visual Dataflex newsgroup posts last week I stumbled upon an exchange where some developers were talking about their preference to keep their machines "clean", as in not installing programs which are not going to be used, but for one reason or another get "added" --...


January 14, 2008  3:45 PM

Software Development Using Multiple Environments



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

I have used the Basic, ASP, Java, Progress 4GL and DataFlex languages to some degree within the past week.  (...as well as operating system specific programs which are another form of programming).  Each of these were used with different tools for different applications.  For Each (...there I...


January 10, 2008  1:47 PM

Web 2.0 Applications – Ending Desktop Clients?



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

There is much in the tech press today about Web 2.0 applications, and although the term is used very loosely, and seems to be loosely defined, there are those who seem to think that the days of the desktop client are numbered!  My question is -- what number?  My answer to the question would have...


January 5, 2008  2:30 AM

Business Goals and Application Development



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

I am continually shocked by the constant writings I read that express (...as if it were a "New" requirement) the need for IT departments and developers to "...consider the needs of the business" -- Duh! To my way of thinking this is as basic as getting up in the morning.  There will always be...


December 26, 2007  2:49 PM

Small Business and Business Intelligence



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

Business Intelligence -- I have heard it referred to as an oxy-moron, but I think I'll not go there.  Reading through the technical press one needs not look very far before coming upon writings about BI -- implementation issues, how to's, pitfalls and about BI project ROI.  There is much ado...


December 20, 2007  5:53 PM

Application Developer – User Communications – More Thoughts



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

"Be careful what you ask for" could be another title for this post, yet another tale of communication mishap, misunderstanding and misconception during application development. Is it just my limited perspective, or could it really be that communication breakdowns are just - to be expected? Expect...


December 14, 2007  11:53 AM

Developer – User Communications – Another Visit



Posted by: SJC
Agile, Business process automation, Database application, Database application front-end programming, Database reporting, Development, Software application development

Once again I find myself writing about the value of having good communication between the application developer and the users expected to use the program for their day-to-day operations.  Two noteworthy instances of this value came to me once again - just yesterday.  Each incident was unique in...


December 10, 2007  2:29 PM

Spreadsheets — the non-programmers database?



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

I continue to be amazed at the number of spreadsheets which I am being asked to create as full-fledged database applications.  These spreadsheets have grown to be key ingredients to an organization, yet their maintenance and distribution are a major factor in day-to-day operational...


December 3, 2007  12:11 PM

Software Implementations – An Investment of Time



Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, Database application, Database reporting, Software application development

How many times do we hear "I don't have time for that!" during a software implementation?   I've written some about the current implementations which I have going at this time, and some of the challenges, and as I've been writing I found myself being guilty of that very statement as it relates to...


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