Custom Application Development:

Database application front-end programming


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 6, 2007  1:30 AM

Application User Interface – Busy or Sparse?



Posted by: SJC
Database application front-end programming, Software application development, Software Quality

Designing the user interface seems to be an exercise which requires both a combination of artistry and a thorough understanding of the business process that the interface serves.  I suspect that this is not a talent commonly found with a single programmer / developer.  While my preference in...


November 20, 2007  3:55 PM

Testing Application Changes – Test Data vs “Live”



Posted by: SJC
Database application, Database application front-end programming, Software application development, Software maintenance, Software Quality, Software testing

So you have completed making the small changes required in your application, you have tested, you have debugged, you've done "everything" right!  But alas, your application goes "live" and -- problems!  Strange error messages are being generated faster than the eye can follow!  You find yourself...


November 13, 2007  3:07 AM

Expectations in Software Development



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

I've heard it said before that an expectation unfullfilled leads to upset, and I must honestly say that I buy into that 100%.  How many times have we begun using a new piece of software with an expectation (or 2 or 3) that was left unfulfilled once we started using the software?  I believe that...


October 27, 2007  8:40 PM

Software Quality and Maintainability



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

Maintainability is often included as a component of software quality, and as with so many software quality components, there has been much effort expended on measuring.  For me trying to measure "software quality" in any manner seems to mimic something that I might see on the TV show "Numbers", it...


October 26, 2007  1:03 PM

More thoughts on Software Quality and Testing



Posted by: SJC
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...


October 25, 2007  12:33 PM

Just What Is Software Quality?



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

How do you define software quality?  There has been a great deal written about software quality, and as perhaps may be expected, many differing points of view regarding just what constitutes software quality.  I'll not attempt to add yet another definition to the mix, although I certainly do have...


October 18, 2007  1:35 PM

Application Software Redesign – When is it time?



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

When is it time to look at an application software redesign?  A comment made to my post yesterday really hit a home run with me.  For one thing, I found once again that there are others who seem to think along the same lines as I do -- always a nice feeling I find!  It was LadyRatri's comment...


October 17, 2007  6:34 PM

Small Business Custom Software Development – Always a Challenge



Posted by: SJC
CIO, Database application, Database application front-end programming

Let's face it - custom software development for a small business is no less work than for a larger operation.  Assuming what is being developed is truly multi-user, perhaps the front-end for a database, or even multiple databases, the same issues have to be addressed.  It is always a challenge...


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