Business-focused custom software

  • The secret to buying custom software for less

    Cash It is true: custom software can be expensive. The problem isn’t overpriced programmers (usually). The problem is that custom software takes time to build. And effort, lots of effort. (And no one knows what they want, and keep changing their mind, but that’s a separate story.)

    Still, it is possible to get custom software for less money than you were quoted. The answer is simple: cut features.

    My smartest customers know this. If I provide a bid that is outside their budget, they’ll ask this brilliant question:

    “Here’s what we are trying to achieve. Is there a way we ...

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  • The life and times of a software detective

    magnifying_glass_resizedA lot of the work I do involves looking for clues. Last week I upgraded a web app to allow users to upload photos of their properties. As my customer started testing, one user reported that they couldn’t access the photo upload page – an error was always generated. They tried with different accounts but the result was always the same. We assumed that there was something funky with their user accounts, and in fact they did discover some duplicate records that we suspected were the cause.

    We were wrong.

    As it turns out, the problem was much more mundane. ...

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  • Avoiding the cone of silence

    One of my guilty pleasures is old TV programs. One series that was particularly entertaining was the show Get Smart, which if nothing else has an awesome name. (A great commandment: Get Smart! Immediately, already! What’s taking you so long?)

    On the program they would occasionally employ a tool called The Cone of Silence, which was supposed to permit its users to speak about secrets in a way that prevented others from hearing them. It never worked properly, making it impossible for the users to understand each other, but everyone else could hear them fine. This was of ...

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  • Why I love that you found a bug (really!)

    bug_resized I hate bugs in my code and want to squash them. RIGHT NOW.

    But…

    When you report that you have found a bug, that means you’ve been testing.

    And it means that you have tested the code sufficiently to discover something I didn’t find. So you probably did more than just log-in.

    And that makes me happy. I love it when you care enough about the application to give it a good work out. I want this software to be good, and it can only be good if you help. Without your efforts, the software will suck. Big time. ...

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  • Source Code Control: Snapshots of the Code (and why business people should care)

    I have a theory that the reason why normal people are so put off by programmers is that they use goofy, complex language that is meaningless to most people. For example, take the phrase “Source Code Management” or “Source Code Control”.

    What the heck is that?

    It is software that programmers use to capture copies of the source code as it is changed. Think of it as a camera taking pictures of the code at various moments in time. These snapshots are stored in a central location for all the team.

    What do they use it for?

    A couple of ...

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What the critics are saying...

As someone with over 20 years of software development experience and currently a small business owner, it has been a pleasure working with Avonelle. In addition to being a talented developer, Avonelle also has database expertise and system design skills. Avonelle is open minded and willing to discuss various methodologies for achieving a project goal. She is also not afraid to ask questions which is vital in a software development project. Her up-front project cost (not estimate) is very helpful in budgeting for a project.

--Dwayne Wolterstorff, Owner @ Fair