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Why does software need to be maintained?

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No engineered structure is designed to be built and then neglected or ignored. — Henry Petroski

Henry Petroski, in an interview on Tech Nation, says that a common rule of thumb is that maintenance costs on engineering structures cost about 4% of the initial construction cost per year. Painting the bridge has cost far more than building it as it is painted continuously: as soon as the painters reach the end of the bridge, they go to other side and start over. The engineers who designed the bridge knew this would happen. When you build something out of steel and put it outside, it will need to be painted. It was all part of the design.

The idea of software maintenance may sound absurd but the reasons why the Golden Gate Bridge needs to be maintained is very similar to why software needs to be maintained?

Software doesn’t change, but the world changes out from under it.

  • The technological environment of the software changes. Operating systems, networks, and hardware.
  • The programming language that the software was coded in evolves and periodically changes the way things are coded. A good example is all the changes in the PHP programming language
  • People discover bugs. This does not change the software but rather our knowledge of the software and its security.
  • As people use the software, they get new ideas regarding how they want to use it.
  • New possibilities emerge and make us less content with old possibilities.The human environment around the software changes. Organizational priorities change. Laws change. Project sponsors and users turn over.

Project Transparency

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Today most companies provide some online access during the custom software development life cycle. In many cases, the client is provided with a login to preview the latest build of their project, and in a few cases they are even given access to a bug logging system, such as Bugzilla.

In our mind, it really comes down to transparency. Instead of just being able to preview the latest build, what if the client could actually look behind the curtain, and see how the software is being developed? We’re talking about letting the client be a partner in the process. Why would we want and need to do this? Read More

So You Have A Brilliant Idea… What Now?

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The web offers almost limitless opportunities to grow your business, optimize your operations, and much more. But there are many moving parts, and you need someone to help you make sense of it all – so you can make the right decisions. Essentially, you need the assistance of a professional web development company. We’ve built powerful web applications for several Fortune and Inc 500, and many other smaller companies.

Building web applications involves a lot more than just programming with web tools. This is especially true if we are talking about a brand new website. So let’s make a list of the things we’ll need: Read More