Re: Calculated value dilemma

From: Ed Prochak <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 11:35:45 -0700 (PDT)
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On Jul 17, 5:06 am, Tim X <> wrote: []
> 6. Make sure you thoroughly know and understand how this information is
> recorded and managed now. I'm assuming it is a manual system. Being
> really familiar with current practice will provide valuable information
> in both the design of your underlying data model and the overall
> implementation. Don't try to just replicate the process using technology
> - your solution wil almost certainly require those who manage the
> process to refine their process, but make sure you understand their
> current process before trying to design them a new one.

A very important bit of advice for beginner developers. Good job Tim!

> Finally, make sure there isn't an affordable or open source solution
> that would suffice. Building such an application is a fun project and if
> its for an organisation you feel warrants such support, its generally a
> good thing. However, all applications need maintenance and support. If
> your not prepared or unable to provide this maintenance and support,
> they need to get it from somewhere else and it can come at a cost -
> particularly for one off custom apps. Given you have never designed and
> implemented a database and application before, you are almost certainly
> going to get things wrong. I've been working in the industry for over 20
> years and I still get things wrong - the only difference is that I get
> it wrong less often and when I do it tends to be less critical.
> good luck
> Tim
> --
> tcross (at) rapttech dot com dot au

Ed Received on Mon Jul 21 2008 - 20:35:45 CEST

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