Custom Application Development:

Database application front-end programming


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...

February 13, 2008  4:11 PM

How to Measure Application Value – Step 1



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

Since my living is earned through providing organizations with software application value this topic is one of great interest to me.  I've also stated regularly in this blog that I normally am dealing with small business.  In many cases when it comes to establishing the value of an application my...


February 12, 2008  9:34 PM

How to Measure Application Value – Part 1



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

When it comes to applications and the buy, build or ignore decision, one of the first considerations must be to find an answer to the question of what value the application is expected to bring forth.  That sounds simple enough, but how exactly does one measure the multiple values which any...


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 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...


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