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April 29, 2008  3:17 AM

Custom Application Development and Creativity



Posted by: SJC
Development, Software application development

Writing this blog is a creative endeavor on my part -- in the past I've tried to avoid any extensive amounts of writing yet I felt pulled toward doing it, and I have enjoyed doing it over the last few months.  In a like manner I truly enjoy doing the application development work that I do, which...

April 26, 2008  1:18 PM

Application Code Maintenance vs Re-Creation



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, Software application development, Software maintenance, Software Quality

Which would you rather do -- maintain an existing application's code or create (maybe re-create) an application from scratch?  Obviously, it would depend upon the complexity and size of the application, and perhaps the tools used to create the app -- but I believe that at some point after an app...


April 25, 2008  5:42 PM

The Buy, Build or Ignore Decision



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, Business process automation, Database, Database application, Small Business Computing, Software application development

A recent visit to a doctor's office this week channeled my thinking once again toward the simple applications that can save time in any environment.  As I was checking in at the registration desk, it was noted that they did not have the latest copy of my insurance card.  I gave the receptionist...


April 24, 2008  3:49 PM

Thoughts on the Elusive “Bug”



Posted by: SJC
Development, Software application development, Software maintenance, Software testing

My last post was certainly created in the heat of the moment, and displayed I'm sure a significant amount of the angst that I was feeling at the time.  The issue that I was having has now been resolved, but it really serves as an excellent example of some of the pitfalls that can occur when...


April 22, 2008  2:00 AM

In Search of the Elusive Program “Bug”



Posted by: SJC
Software application development, Software maintenance

It happens sometimes, that elusive "bug" that just drives you crazy as a programmer.  I know I'm not the only one that this has happened to, as there are many other developers with whom I've spoken that relate similar stories to mine -- that of spending hours looking for the solution to a problem...


April 19, 2008  6:06 AM

Custom Application Programing – Either a Feast or Famine



Posted by: SJC
Development, Software application development

Perhaps I should take 16 day vacations more often, as upon my settling in after my return I realized that I have a very full plate in front of me.  Throughout my years as an independent software developer, this is what I have found.  When a developer is dealing with custom applications, it seems...


April 18, 2008  4:48 PM

Custom Software Application Quality Takes Time



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, Development, Small Business Computing, Software application development, Software Quality, Software testing

After returning from a 16 day road trip, I found myself immersed very quickly in "issues" at a client's site, much to my dismay.  Fortunately, the issues that greeted me upon my arrival were not those of the custom programs being run by this client, but rather network and server issues. ...


April 9, 2008  2:35 AM

Application Requirements, Desires, Business Value and Costs



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, Business process automation, Small Business Computing, Software application development, Software Quality

The title of this post indicates one of the most critical areas, I believe, that needs to be addressed when considering custom applications software.  Most non-IT persons seem to have difficulty separating what is truly an application requirement and what is a desire for an application. ...


April 8, 2008  12:50 AM

Software Application Planning For Success



Posted by: SJC
Software application development, Software Quality, Software testing

I often find myself wondering why I look at many of the newsletters and press writings that I do.  I was reminded again yesterday that the reason I do so is that I look for those jewels of information that apply not only to a large project or operation, but are as applicable to the small...


April 4, 2008  4:44 PM

Of spreadsheets and databases



Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, Small Business Computing, Software application development

I had a rare opportunity last evening to have a conversation with my brother-in-law and our conversation got me to thinking once again about the use of spreadsheets as databases.  It seems that my brother-in-law is quite the guru at using the Excel spreadsheet.  As our conversation progressed, I...


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