Custom Application Development:

Independent software developer


May 20, 2009  1:39 PM

Application Cost Estimating



Posted by: SJC
cost estimating, estimating application cost, Independent software developer, Updating Legacy Systems

When I first posted "Cost Estimating Rewrite of Legacy Applications" I had not planned that it would turn into a series of posts such as it has.    What I found is...

May 17, 2009  5:55 AM

Comments on Cost Estimating (Continued)



Posted by: SJC
cost estimating, estimating application cost, Independent software developer, Updating Legacy Systems

I seemed to have a lot to comment on in my last post, and decided it was best to have another post which continued my comments from my list of considerations for legacy application rewrites, so I continue my comments in this post. Myself, very early on in the review of a potential project I like...


May 13, 2009  4:00 PM

Comments on Application Cost Estimating



Posted by: SJC
cost estimating, estimating application cost, Independent software developer, Updating Legacy Systems

In my previous post "Cost Estimating Ideas for Legacy Application Rewrites" I provided a list of considerations for preparing estimates for legacy application rewrites.  This post is a follow-up to that post where I will add comments to some of the considerations listed in that...


May 11, 2009  5:55 AM

Cost Estimating Ideas for the Legacy Application Rewrite



Posted by: SJC
Application design, cost estimating, estimating application cost, Independent software developer, Updating Legacy Systems

I promised in my last post "Cost Estimating Rewrite of Legacy Applications" that I would be producing a list of considerations for preparing estimates for legacy application rewrites -...


May 9, 2009  11:28 AM

Cost Estimating Rewrite of Legacy Applications



Posted by: SJC
cost estimating, estimating application cost, Independent software developer, Updating Legacy Systems

I have always found estimating a project to be a challenge.  Back in my early days as an independent developer I quickly learned that I had a tendency to under-estimate the time a project would take.  My error would more often than not be in accounting for the time it takes to "polish" the...


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"...


January 13, 2009  11:04 PM

Software Development, Security and Programming Errors



Posted by: SJC
Independent programming, Independent software developer, Security

Within the last few hours quite a buzz has been created by the release of the CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors list.  USA Today posted an article on the list with an insert about The


January 6, 2009  3:54 PM

A New Year – A New Application



Posted by: SJC
Development, Independent software developer, Single person business

Other developers may not experience this, but for me it seems that leading up to the end of a year I become very busily engaged in "tidying up" or putting some "finishing touches" on an application (or two) that I've been working on.  Then, as the New Year begins, I find myself in somewhat of a...


December 31, 2008  10:45 AM

Goodbye to 2008



Posted by: SJC
Independent software developer, Single person business, work-life balance

I don't know about you, but this year has simply flown by for me!  It has been a year of challenges personally as well as professionally, I guess that means I'm "normal" after all :-) At the close of each year I truly like to take a look back at where I was at the start of the year, and where I...


November 30, 2008  8:46 PM

Weekends and the Independent Developer



Posted by: SJC
Independent software developer, work-life balance

There's an old saying that goes something like "There is no rest for the weary!" to which I have been known to rephrase to "There is no rest for the independent developer!".  The intro to my blog states "This blog deals with the questions and challenges of providing users with quality “custom”...


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