Archive for June, 2014

Developing a Website using a software parts library

June 28, 2014

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.

FRIDAY: 2014/06/27

STATUS: I have completed the preliminary development of the CSS
software parts associated with the website group section.

NEXT TASK: The preliminary development of the HTML software parts
associated with the website group section will now be started.

 

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Open Source Software Development Tool: Upgrade Progress

June 28, 2014

The overall purpose of the current Programmable Software Development
Environment upgrade process is to certify that a product generated is
certifiably releasable.

To certify a software parts library, every command except the _ERROR
command defining a library must respond to a ‘<—‘ debug flag comment
at the end of a the command line. Specifically, when the debug flag is
present, the subject command will be executed first and then the
command data (command, arguments, and results) will be displayed and
then the operator will be given a option of terminated execution or
continuing.

The _ERROR command must be corrected to equivalently respond to the
debug flag.

The major difference between the _ERROR command and all other commands
is that the debug flag will be processed before the command is executed.

The Programmable Software Development Environment will be modified so
that the _ERROR command will respond to the debug flag before
terminating execution.

FRIDAY 2014/06/27

STATUS: The manual description of the __GET_ERROR_MACRO and
_GET_ERROR_TYPE commands have been successfully modified.

RESULTS: The manual descriptions for the Error Message Command Group
have now been updated,

NEXT TASK: The revised Programmable Software Development Environment
will now be prepared for publication.

 

The Twitter Seminar On The Development Of Error Free Software Concludes — Session 8

June 24, 2014

PROGRAMMERS ARE SPECIAL QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGERS!

Requiring our programmers to be special Quality Managers? This would be a terrible inconvenience?

On one of my contracts, I had the opportunity to witness an attempt to become ISO-9001 certified.

There were two ISO-9001 certification meetings; the first with the software manager and the second with QA.

The software manager had no idea as to what his group could do to be compliant with ISO-9001.

The QA manager described the increased formality required to be compliant with ISO-9001.

The body language of my client’s employees told me that no one except management wanted ISO-9001 certification.

One of the requirements of ISO-9001 is the use of “Standard Processes and Methods”.

The use of “Standard Processes and Methods” means that management would control our programming efforts.

Would you believe it I told you that programmers are already using “Standard Processes and Methods”?

No I don’t! As long as I do my job, management leaves me alone. They create more problems than they solve.

Then would you believe it I told you that programmers create their own “Standard Processes and Methods”.

No? How many times have you prepared a new source file by modifying an old previously developed source file?

Your collection of sources files defines your “Standard Methods and Processes” that you use.

Will this help you to develop error-free software? Reflect on your experience. It already has.

WHATIFWE were to make a conscious Quality Assurance Effort? Will it help? Try it, sees what happens.

My Comment Approval Criteria

June 24, 2014

Every day I receive between 50 and 100 comments requesting approval. There is only one of me managing the blog and hence must perform this function quickly and efficiently. To this end, each comment must:

1. Have a text message. For the most part, a comment with no text message will be deleted.

2. Be written in English.

3. Adhere to the basic principles of civilized behaviour (I have had not problems with this so far).

4. Be consistent to the associated post and the purpose of the blog.

5. Be short. If it is over ten lines, I will delete it.

6. Not advertise any product, service or cause. I have been receiving a lot of promotions of solar panels for generating electric power which I have permanently deleted.

Thank You

Robert Adams

Developing a Website using a software parts library — 2014-06-21

June 22, 2014

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: 2014/04/21

STATUS: I have restarting the development of the website group section
software parts and found it necessary to upgrade both the CSS and HTML
name management/communicate software parts.

DETAIL: The upgrade was needed to insure that the particular name use
in the HTML files is compliant with its definition in the CSS files (A
polarized plug).

RESULTS: The the CSS and HTML name management/communicate software
parts were modified and functionally tested on the whole page name.

NEXT TASK: The development of the website group section software parts
will continue.

 

The Twitter Seminar On The Development of Error Free Software Continues — Session 7

June 11, 2014

ARE PROGRAMMERS SPECIAL QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGERS?

Can a software engineer be a Quality Assurance Manager?
Quality Assurance is a management task.

To find out, let us look at the beginning of all Quality
Assurance programs; i.e., the Deming Cycle.

The Deming Cycle, first used in Japan in 1947, consists of
the following four steps.

The first Deming Cycle Step is “make a plan”. The second
Deming Cycle Step is “do the plan”.

The third Deming Cycle Step is “check the results”. The
four Deming Cycle Step is “change the plan if needed”.

The Deming Cycle appears to be a concise definition of
common sense!

Would you believe it if I told you that all programmers
are Quality Assurance Managers?

No! Then would you believe it if I told you that a computer
program is a Deming Plan?

A computer program is a Deming Plan to be done at the
client’s site by a computer, not by a person.

Most Programmers do not understand that they are very special
Quality Assurance Managers.

WHATIFWE required our programmers to be special Quality
Managers? Would this be a terrible inconvenience?

MORE IN THE NEXT MESSAGE

The Most Important People In Our Society.

June 11, 2014

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?

Open Source Software Development Tool: Upgrade Progress — 2014-06-09

June 11, 2014

The overall purpose of the current Programmable Software Development
Environment upgrade process is to certify that a product generated is
certifiably releasable.

To certify a software parts library, every command except the _ERROR
command defining a library must respond to a ‘<—‘ debug flag comment
at the end of a the command line. Specifically, when the debug flag is
present, the subject command will be executed first and then the
command data (command, arguments, and results) will be displayed and
then the operator will be given a option of terminated execution or
continuing.

The _ERROR command must be corrected to equivalently respond to the
debug flag.

The major difference between the _ERROR command and all other commands
is that the debug flag will be processed before the command is executed.

The Programmable Software Development Environment will be modified so
that the _ERROR command will respond to the debug flag before
terminating execution.

WEDNESDAY: 2014/06/11

STATUS: The manual description of the _STATE_ERROR command has been
successfully modified.

NEXT TASK: The next step will be to prepare the _GET_ERROR_MACRO manual
page.

Developing a Website using a software parts library — 2014-06-11

June 11, 2014

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.

WEDNESDAY: 2014/06/11

STATUS: The files needed to use the test task of the Programmable
Software Development Environment to both check out as well as to
formally test both the CSS and HTML development libraries have been
developed. A specialized test library was also developed.

DETAIL: The checkout process associated with a web-site development
process involves a visual inspection. The test files and associated
test library were designed to facilitate this requirement.

MY NEXT TASK: Restarting the development of the website group section
software parts will be the next task.

 

The Twitter Seminar On The Development of Error Free Software Continues — Session 6

June 7, 2014

CAN WE PREVENT ERRORS DURING SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT?

Suppose we had a software tool that produced source code
exclusively from a set of macros? Would it be restrictive?

A computing language is often considered the pallet where
the programmer expressive his creative juices.

Restricting the programming effort to a minimal set of macros
would take all of the fun out of the project.

In addition, a highly skilled programmer can be trusted to do
the job correctly without these constraints.

Would you believe it I told you that all programmers, even the
great ones, make errors.

The errors made by the junior programmers show up quickly
during checkout and are easy to fix.

The errors made by the senior programmer take a long time to
show up and are difficult to fix.

Restricting the “field of play” can greatly simplify the
development process.

Restricting the “field of play” can greatly reduce the
occurrence of errors.

In the hardware world circa 1980’s, management select the
Integrated Circuits to be used in the project.

Unfortunately, management cannot provided the an appropriate
set of software parts.

Programmers are needed to develop an appropriate set of software
parts. Is a programmer a QA manager?

WHATIFWE had a senior programmer who was also a Quality Manager?
Would this help?

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