Archive for September, 2013

THE TWITTER SEMINAR ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF ERROR FREE SOFTWARE CONTINUES

September 29, 2013

ERROR-FREE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT — DOES SOFTWARE “BREAK”?

Are simple-precedence methods the only way to detect and
prevent errors?  No, there are other ways.

To find these other ways, let us look at development of
military hardware, circa, 1980’s.

In a project that I worked on, the sailor needed to replace
no more than four circuit boards to fix the hardware.

Critical submarine hardware has the required subsystems
to facilitate the location of a failed replaceable components.

Would you believe it if I told you that software “breaks”?

Not really. but software fails when it illegally or incorrectly
writes some data.

Programmers have many ways of preventing illegal writes which
they use in checkout and then remove before delivery.

WHATIFWE used formal illegal write prevention code in delivered
software?

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The Deming Cycle — Everyone Should Know It.

September 29, 2013

The Deming Cycle, the historical basis for all Quality
Assurance Programs, helped Japan to recover after World
War II.

The Deming Cycle consists of four steps: Plan, Do, Check
the Results, and Alter the Plan if necessary.

The Deming Cycle is a good definition of common sense.
I have used it on many occasions without knowing it.

When applying the Deming Cycle, when do we learn new and
better ways of doing our task?

We learn during the fourth step of the Deming Cycle when
we Alter our Plan.

WHATIFWE were all taught the Deming Cycle as a part of
our public education?

Developing a Website using a software parts library

September 29, 2013

The activity associated with development of a software parts library
for the development of a web-site will be presented here. This will be
an extension of the library used to prepare Programmable Software
Development Environment manual.

This effort was started a long time ago following the development of
the manual software parts library. Its purpose was to eliminate the
need for Front Page.  It was subsequently put on hold so that other
more important efforts could proceed.

Mr. Mike is a long time professional friend of mine who has recently
offered to reconstruct my Web-Site.  I told him my plan to use my tool
to rebuild my site.  He has had difficulties relating to my technology
(It is quite different than normal programming methods) and I am not
really skilled in Web-site design. We both felt that this might a great
opportunity to make the technical connection.

SATURDAY: 2013/09/28

STATUS: With the help of Mr. Mike, I have began to make a software
parts development plan.

MR_MIKE_CONTRIBUTION: Mr. Mike has helped me to find a base of
information from which I have been able to answer many of my questions.

DETAIL: One of the fundamental rules of this technology is to minimize
the amount of data that needs to be entered to build the web-site. for
example, the web site (www.whatifwe.com) and author’s name appear in
the <head> sections for each of the web-site pages.  In the software
parts library used to development the .html Programmable Software
Development Environment manual, there is set of parts that load these
common elements into a dictionary for use at a later time.

NEXT TASK: The development of the software parts needed to load the
common elements into a dictionary will be started. The *.html code
needed to prepare web page <head> section will be prepared. The common
data for all of the web-pages will be included. Only the title will
need to be entered when preparing the individual pages.

THE TWITTER SEMINAR ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF ERROR FREE SOFTWARE CONTINUES

September 28, 2013

ERROR-FREE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT — HOW DO WE HANDLE THE FLOW OF DATA?

In most cases, the management of data is quite different than that of
the associated process.

In the 1960’s, the acronym HIPO defined a basic software documentation
process.

HIPO stands for the following four sections; hierarchy, input, process,
and output.

Obviously, the flow of data was considered different than the associated
process.

Would you believe it if I told you that simple-precedence can also be
used to manage data?

Data Management is also a process. Therefore, Simple-precedence methods
can be used to manage data.

WHATIFWE rigorously used the principals of simple precedence in all
software development?  Is that all we have to do?

My Problems With LinkedIn.

September 28, 2013

I need to alert everyone that I do not have a working LinkedIn system.

I have made several attempts at correcting the problems without success.

People trying to connect with me on LinkedIn will be unsuccessful, no
matter how much I want to connect with them.

THE TWITTER SEMINAR ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF ERROR FREE SOFTWARE CONTINUES

September 27, 2013

HAS A MAJOR ERROR FREE SOFTWARE METHODOLOGY BEEN DEVELOPED?

The principles of simple-precedence produced one of the
best compilers that I have ever used.

Can the principles of simple-precedence be used in the
development of other applications?

Would you believe it if I told you that simple-precedence
has been used in a lot of different applications.

In 1973, IBM introduced the principles of structured
programming.

Strict Structured Programming satisfies the requirements
of simple-precedence.

Strict Structured Programming is a excellent means of
defining an error-free process.

Unfortunately, the management of data is different than
the management of a process.

WHATIFWE developed a simple-precedence means of managing
data? Can we do it?

Resume Preparation: A Gigantic “Plumbing” Project

September 27, 2013

We all understand a Plumbing Project. This where a supposedly
simple task become a massive, complex effort.

One of the common “Plumbing Projects” in today’s environment
is the preparation of a resume.

Each resume must be customized to the target audience. This
effort usually takes several hours to complete.

Resumes are always needed:  Job searches, contracts, professional
network, and volunteering activities.

The resume effort is made more complex due to the need to paste
it into a web-site window, discovered usually at the last moment.

I have been using my Programmable Software Development Environment
to maintain its manual. Its use has greatly simplified this task.

WHATIFWE used the Programmable Software Development Environment
to develop resumes?  Would it help?  Yes it does!

THE TWITTER SEMINAR ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF ERROR FREE SOFTWARE HAS BEGUN

September 24, 2013

HAS A MAJOR ERROR FREE SOFTWARE APPLICATION BEEN DEVELOPED?

When was the last time that a computer error created a real
problem for you?

An ATM failure occurred when I was transferring $1000. It took
the bank 5 hours to find it.

Have you heard that the development of error-free software was
economically unachievable?

Would you believe it if I told you that a major error-free
application was developed in 1968.

IBM developed the PL/1 compiler in 1968. It was error-free.
Unlike Fortran, it had no bug list.

How did IBM do it?  They developed it in strict compliance
with the principles of simple-precedence.

WHATIFWE developed other applications in strict compliance
with principles of simple-precedence?  Can we do it?

The Most Important People In Our Society.

September 24, 2013

Who are the most important people in civilized society?

Are wealthy individuals the most important people in our
society? No, they are not.

Are celebrities the most important people in our society?
No, they are not.

Do religious organizations contain the most important
people in our society?  No, they do not.

Are government officials the most important people in our
society?  No, they are not.

The artisans and highly skilled professionals are the most
important people in any civilized society.

Nothing of any value gets done without the participation
of these highly skilled professional.

WHATIFWE increased the number of highly skilled home-based
pioneering professional software engineers?

Life of A Programmer — Session 8 — Tools Help Make The Software Engineer

September 23, 2013

The Tool, if it is to be compliant of the principles of
ISO-9001 must be capable of:

1.0 Developing a system of Standard Methods.

2.0 Exclusively using these Standard Methods in the
development of product.

3.0 Testing all work-products from the Standard Methods
all the way to the Product.

An experimental beta development system that satisfies
these requirements is available on my web-site, http://www.whatifwe.com

I have developed both a Linux and Windows Open Source version.

They can be downloaded free-of-charge.

The download has a fairly decent manual.

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