Custom Application Development:

Software Quality

October 21, 2007  1:58 AM

Software Development, Testing, Quality and Virtualization

Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, Software Quality, Software testing, Virtualization

I honestly don't know how I managed to ever complete a software development project prior to virtualization.  Although as I think about it more closely, I realize that the way I did it was to maintain a plethora of workstations, each with another O/S on it, and used only occasionally.  It...

October 11, 2007  10:52 AM

How’s Your “Vista”?

Posted by: SJC
CIO, Software Quality

My work morning started with a big grin as I read a Computerworld article titled "Mother's ire puts Ballmer on defense over Vista"!  It seems an analyst and mother of a 13 year old was interviewing Ballmer at the ITxpo...

October 2, 2007  6:38 PM

Establishing Application Requirements

Posted by: SJC
CIO, Database reporting, Reporting, Software Quality

Establishing Application Requirements often seems to me to be a "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" scenario.  Just where does one start when looking at a new application?  What IS the "best" place to start?  As an application developer, whether for a small business or a departmental...

September 28, 2007  11:58 AM

No Lack of Development “Ideologies”

Posted by: SJC
Agile, CIO, Software Quality

I find myself continuously amazed by the number of software development methods that are available, and question whether any single one could possibly "fit" any project.  (Please see my previous post "

September 25, 2007  2:50 PM


Posted by: SJC
CIO, Software Quality

In a recent visit to my dentist, I had the experience of having the Xray tech "fit" an ungodly uncomfortable piece of plastic into my mouth for the xray.  When I said something about how uncorfortable it was, her comment to me was "one-size-fits-all, which really means of course, that...

September 20, 2007  4:15 PM

Software Simplicity Perspectives

Posted by: SJC
Agile, CIO, Software Quality

I'd like to call special attention to one of the written principles contained in the "Agile Manifesto" relating to simplicity,  "Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential."  Yes, I agree with this...

September 18, 2007  8:19 PM

Buy, Build or Ignore? — What does THAT mean?

Posted by: SJC
Agile, CIO, Software Quality

What I'm getting at here is this -- Let's say you have users in your organization who need to have certain information -- but the information is not readily available except on a paper form located somewhere in another location. You may realize this as a possible use for a document management...

September 18, 2007  7:35 PM

Please Hear What I “Really” Need

Posted by: SJC
Agile, Software Quality

I recently had the opportunity to visit a potential client to look at a software development project that had been started by another developer over a year ago. Just the fact that nothing was yet operational (nor really functional to the potential user) was really a warning sign to me as I...

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