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February 26, 2009  6:15 AM

The Illusion of Perfect Software

Posted by: SJC
Software Quality, Software testing

Perfect software doesn't exist - that should be "...elementary my Dear Watson."  Ok, so starting with that assumption where does one go with their quest for the "perfect" software, or perhaps the "perfect" tester, or the "perfect" whatever for that matter!  A couple of weeks ago I bookmarked a...

February 25, 2009  5:00 AM

Communications and the Multi-Generational Development Team

Posted by: SJC
Communication, Development, Teamwork

Something I'd never thought about before reading Talking About My Generation  in the latest Entrepreneur magazine is how differently those of us in different generations prefer to communicate.  I have of course...

February 24, 2009  12:51 PM

Changes, Users and Resistance

Posted by: SJC
Application design, application modernizing, custom application development, Dataflex, User Interface, user productivity, VDF

Let's face it, software development and design is complex - even when it's simple :-) There are some areas where it seems that no matter what is done there will be unhappy users - at least for a while.  I found myself in that category last week when it was announced by Data Access Corp that...

February 16, 2009  11:56 AM

Application Design and Expectations

Posted by: SJC
Application design, Development, Expectations, Human Interface Design, User Experience, User Interface

I believe I've stated before in this blog that at one time while working with some ERP software I became known as the man who "...wouldn't have designed it that way!"  Well, yesterday I saw that same user frustration and amazement (I'm being nice) with regard to an application that my friend was...

February 15, 2009  12:26 PM

Fighting Shutdown during Slowdown

Posted by: SJC
Application Value, Economic Slowdown, Independent software developer, work-life balance

Certainly these are trying economic times for us!  We're all seemingly "trying" to keep our heads above water economically, or at least minimize our losses.  We're "trying" to make sense of an economy gone into a spiral, and "trying" to maintain balance during all the turmoil.  These "trying"...

February 9, 2009  11:36 AM

The IT Worker Telecommuting

Posted by: SJC
Consulting, IT careers, IT Management, self employment, Telecommuting, work-life balance

Somehow or another in spite of my best efforts to escape computer-speak when I'm not actively at work :-) it seems that even my personal "life" is laced with computer and IT geeks.  Of course, as I've blogged about previously, I don't really try to separate my "life" into a "work-life" and...

January 30, 2009  10:55 PM

Factors Against a Custom Application

Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business process automation

My previous post pointed out a few of the reasons why one might choose to create a custom application.  For this post I'd like to further the discussion to review some of the reasons (valid and otherwise) for NOT creating a custom application.  I would include in this...

January 30, 2009  7:56 PM

Identifying Potentially Valuable Custom Applications

Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business process automation, custom application development

Without fail, in my experience as a developer any potentially valuable custom application project has been the result of identifying some area of operation which:

  • Has become unwieldy, requiring too many steps or multiple data entry
  • Has become more and more demanding as a...

January 30, 2009  7:46 PM

Why Create a Custom Application?

Posted by: SJC
Application design, Application development tools, Business process automation

First -- In the interest of public discloser I must confess that perhaps I am biased on the subject of custom applications.  While writing my previous post I found myself once again becoming excited about application development, and more especially the value that such an application can...

January 29, 2009  2:07 PM

Application Value

Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business Application Value, Validation

Earlier this week I was speaking with a client for whom I had developed a custom solution for tracking and maintaining records of truck use mileages.  The company has multiple locations scattered within a 200 mile radius or so, and crossing state lines.  The project started out specifically as...

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