Posts Tagged ‘Delphi’

The importance of Rapid Application Development tools for Custom Software Development

No two businesses are the same! Market differentiation is the single most important factor in success and indeed survival of any business, big or small. In a crowded free-enterprise market, a competitive advantage results from those business processes that help uniquely differentiate a business from other players.

Businesses spend substantial amounts of money on IT infrastructure and computer applications. Some business processes such as word-processing can be handled by packaged software and still remain unique. Others can make use of highly customisable off-the-shelf packages such as accounting software. The exceptions are those unique processes that give any business its competitive advantage and are best served by custom-software development.

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The seven ordeals of the web application developer – Part 4

Developers who seek their fortune in the web business applications market must face and survive seven ordeals and success will only favour those who come prepared.

1. The First Ordeal: User experience

2. The Second Ordeal: Compatibility

3. The Third Ordeal: Time to market

4. The Fourth Ordeal: Finding the right tool

Developing the equivalent of a Visual Basic or Delphi class IDE for the web is easier said than done.  Many have tried yet failed to deliver.  The main challenges have been the fluid presentation of content within the browser, a shortage of effective debugging tools for JavaScript, browser incompatibilities, the photographic nature of visual elements, the use of different languages on the server and browser, database connectivity and over-reliance on plug-in browser extensions.

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The seven ordeals of the web application developer

There is no point living in denial.  Web business applications are here.  You cannot live with them.  You cannot live without them.  But they are here.  So let us make the best out of this “less than ideal” situation.

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world”

These are the immortal words of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats from a poem titled the Second Coming.   For those developers who learned their craft on the desktop and helped develop a digital universe that has the desktop firmly at its centre, Cloud Computing must be a reminder of these stark words.

The centre has shifted to the user who controls the time and space in a vast new digital universe where all things are connected.  Developers who seek their fortune in this new universe must face and survive seven ordeals and success will only favour those who come prepared.

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