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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...


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...


December 3, 2007  12:11 PM

Software Implementations – An Investment of Time



Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, Database application, Database reporting, Software application development

How many times do we hear "I don't have time for that!" during a software implementation?   I've written some about the current implementations which I have going at this time, and some of the challenges, and as I've been writing I found myself being guilty of that very statement as it relates to...


December 1, 2007  10:32 PM

The Challenges of Application Software Implementations



Posted by: SJC
Agile, Business process automation, Database application, Database reporting, Software application development, Software Quality

Contrary to what my blog may be showing, I have not been on vacation this past week, nor have I been sick, nor have I been tending to many matters other than the current projects I have on my plate.  I could certainly use a vacation after this week!  It's said that timing is everything.  Well...


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...


November 7, 2007  11:36 AM

Time to Redesign? – An Application Development Quandary



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

No, I do NOT belong to the writers guild, and am NOT on strike.  So much to say, so little time in which to say it!  I awoke this morning thinking about my latest quandary -- whether to just give up on maintaining the non-working component of my application, or to continue my efforts to come...


November 1, 2007  11:28 AM

What Constitutes Good Program Code?



Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, Software application development, Software maintenance, Software Quality, Software testing

Good program code first and foremost just "works" as expected, does the job for which it was designed, and provides trouble free operation in a timely fashion.  Working, however, is only one component of good program code.  There are certainly many other aspects to good program code which must be...


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