Custom Application Development:

October, 2007

October 27, 2007  8:40 PM

Software Quality and Maintainability

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Maintainability is often included as a component of software quality, and as with so many software quality components, there has been much effort expended on measuring.  For me trying to measure "software quality" in any manner seems to mimic something that I might see on the TV show "Numbers", it...

October 26, 2007  1:03 PM

More thoughts on Software Quality and Testing

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On October 15th  Michelle Davidson, site editor for, in her newsletter "This Week" made...

October 25, 2007  12:33 PM

Just What Is Software Quality?

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How do you define software quality?  There has been a great deal written about software quality, and as perhaps may be expected, many differing points of view regarding just what constitutes software quality.  I'll not attempt to add yet another definition to the mix, although I certainly do have...

October 21, 2007  1:58 AM

Software Development, Testing, Quality and Virtualization

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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 18, 2007  1:35 PM

Application Software Redesign – When is it time?

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When is it time to look at an application software redesign?  A comment made to my post yesterday really hit a home run with me.  For one thing, I found once again that there are others who seem to think along the same lines as I do -- always a nice feeling I find!  It was LadyRatri's comment...

October 17, 2007  6:34 PM

Small Business Custom Software Development – Always a Challenge

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Let's face it - custom software development for a small business is no less work than for a larger operation.  Assuming what is being developed is truly multi-user, perhaps the front-end for a database, or even multiple databases, the same issues have to be addressed.  It is always a challenge...

October 12, 2007  12:27 PM

Learning a new Business

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I believe that one of the most challenging parts of being an application software developer is that of learning a new business.  I further believe that it is essential at every level for members of the project team to have at least a minimal knowledge of the "big picture" of a project, as I've...

October 11, 2007  10:52 AM

How’s Your “Vista”?

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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 9, 2007  6:14 PM

Being “Agile” without Face-To-Face Conversation

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The sixth principle of the Agile Manifesto states: "The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation."  I find myself in complete agreement with this statement.  However, this statement begs for an answer to the...

October 6, 2007  3:18 PM

Making the Best of a Situation

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Crystal Reports

Last Thursday I found myself off on a journey to the unfamiliar for me by attending the Microsoft "You're In Control" Launch in Boston.  My decision to attend was based upon the fact that I can honestly say that I've never gone to an event where there would be other IT people and not gained...

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