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         According to Rick Cook, “Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better-idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to build bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.”

Programming is indeed a breakthrough towards technological advancement. The marvelous works of computers, programs, applications and software have transformed the world. In this race of creating, developing, unfolding and transforming something extraordinary out of the ordinary, how can you actually win?

Well, for a programmer to win, he or she must overcome all the daily struggles of their job to achieve a certain set of goals. They need to embroil and submerge themselves into the nitty-gritty of everything. This includes the entire process of software development plus the agonizing struggles and challenges that may come along the way.

So, you better get ready and brace yourself! Here are some compelling reasons why the struggle is real for programmers.

1). Exhausting Relationship with Coding

                                                                                                   

A programmer must have a certain long-term relationship with coding. It is actually the backbone of any system so you need to to bear the agony of this process no matter how tiring it can be. You must be willing to code and code and code up to the point, wherein you can no longer open your eyes. Coding is never easy and it will consume a lot of your time. Sometimes it feels like its never-ending! It is truly wearisome not just physically but mentally.

2).  Enduring the Hassle of Debugging

 

                                                                        

  The process of debugging is actually the greatest struggle of a developer. This is much more difficult than coding because some bugs are not easy to find and fix. Thus, this is definitely a pain in the ass.

3). Updating and Refactoring Can Kill You Sometimes

    

                                                                                             

       As much as overthinking about the codes and functionalities may stress you out, sometimes updating and refactoring can kill and turn your work into a mess. Yes, imagine those moments wherein you’ve think of another way of doing something and you’ve changed and refactored and deployed it. But in the end, it doesn’t work? Thus, with full of regrets you just decided to start over again and delete everything. How awful and saddening, right?

4). Puzzling Moments of “Why and How” Codes Work

                                                                                               

 Who says that existential questions are not applicable to coding. Indeed, programmers are also faced with a lot of questions especially why a code is not working or how it functions? Maybe, how the problem started or where the error is coming from? You know, mind-boggling questions might actually sprout during the process of development and even testing. Thus, it is really a struggle for any programmer to have a clear grasp of designing and analyzing techniques.

5). Customizing Requires Additional Effort

                                                                                              

     Customizing requires a lot of effort from a programmer especially if you’ve already finished the system or the application itself. Thus, in the beginning of a project it is important to customize the system or program based on the needs of a client or establishment. Plan ahead for the features in need to be customized. Nonetheless, if will be a disaster.

6). Fixing Errors and Understanding Syntax Format

                 

                                                                                                         

     Fixing errors is also a struggle especially for the newbies. Thus, it is important that you are equipped with technical knowledge and skills. Familiarize yourself with basic programming languages and understand the format and syntax upon it. Remember syntax is very important and strict adherence to it must be observed!

7). Ensuring Compatibility of the Software

                                                                                                               

    Compatibility should always be a priority for a programmer or developer. From time to time, it is important to check if the software is compatible with a specific Internet browser or device. Imagine how tiring and time consuming it can be. Checking the security is also an additional factor to be considered.

These are just some of the daily struggles that a programmer of software developer might actually come across with. At the end of the day, nothing comes easy! Every day is a good fight and it is up to you if you’ll take the challenge.

For it is only through these daily struggles, where you can actually see what you are capable of as a programmer. Understanding your struggles might give you a hundred more reasons to love your job and strive harder. Keep on believing and never cease to grow. Now you can finally say that “The struggle is real!”.

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              New digital capabilities have changed the world and even how businesses run. Indeed, rapid advancement became an impetus to harness and utilize technology in business management and operations. Technology provided the leeway for companies to adapt and to choose from a sheer range of options available in the market. But with a lot of fishes in the sea or let us say a wide spectrum of software systems, how do you necessarily know what is the right software system for your business? or maybe, what type will actually help you to boost your company’s productivity and profitability?

Hence, there are a lot of mind-boggling questions that may come into your mind when you hear the word “software system.” A software system is just an aspect of an IT system. On a bigger scheme, an IT system is encapsulating not only the software but even the hardware aspect as well. A system includes the database, infrastructure, process, people and security.

But in this article, we will mainly talk about the software system alone. It has interconnected components working together to facilitate the flow of information and inter-process communication.

A software system is vital for business success. It helps in supporting the operations and standard procedures of an enterprise. Everything seems to be easy with the use of software system. Yes, as compared to the manual way of doing things, using an automated system is much more convenient, faster and maybe error-free. With the use of a software system, you can also plan and design a corporate and/or strategy that will coherently help you to achieve certain business goals. A software system is made up of different parts, procedures or modules which is specifically designed to address and target business problems. 

Big corporations or even Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) face a barrel of responsibilities due to the increasing number of clients and even products and services. Actually, this kind of problem is a “good” problem, because it is a testament that your business is growing and expanding! Thus, it is a must that you impose certain mechanisms on how you can deal with such changes and improve your business.

One of these mechanisms is by having a software system which can help you to make efficient operations without compromising the quality of your service and product. Voila! This is where a software system comes into play. But how can you know if it’s the right one for you?  Here are some suggestions.

  • The right software system for your business should always be anchored and customized based on your needs. Yes! your needs will define what kind of software system should you have. And your needs are very unique to your business which is different from what businesses with the similar business model have. You even have to identify the set of issues and problems that you want to address by using such.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Different kinds of software system can address your specific needs. For instance, if your problem is how to streamline your Human Resources and Payroll processes, you can go for a Human Resources Information System (HRIS). If your needs are more of managing customer inquiries and complaints, you can plan on having a Client Management Information System (CMIS). If your need is more of managing the content, you can go on having a Content Management System (CMS). If you want something that will manage your Sales funnel and the financial flow of your company, you may want to have a Sales Management System or Financial Management System. Other software systems are Inventory System, Operational System or an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System.
  • The right software system for your business should serve your purpose, interests and business goals. In other words, the software system should be purposive. It should solve your problems, address your business needs and help you achieve your corporate goals and objectives. For instance, one of your goals is to reduce the number of employees complaining about errors in their tax computation. Thus, as a solution you’ve think of acquiring a Payroll System which will yield accurate data and exhibit computing techniques to be able to achieve your goal. In this way, this can also promote productivity and time management for your employees.
  • The right software system for your business can help you in managing and documenting data. One of the special features of a software system is its capacity to store, process and manage information. Keeping track and monitoring your data is much easier with the use of a software system. Thus, the right one for your business should be able to have this feature to help you in dealing with data management problems and documentation.
  • The right software system for your business can boost your productivity and profit. Any business would want a system that would help them save more time in their operations. Yes, a software system that would complement with your business strategies is a must have. Sometimes business transactions will run smoother and faster with the use of a software system. Nowadays, even banks, offices and media establishments are using such to speed up and manage their company information. Thus, it helps in stimulating productivity and profit.
  • The right software system for your business will leverage your business towards growth. The right software system should be able to support your growth as a business. It should be able to function as tool for improving and supporting your internal and external procedures. Who knows? This software system can pave the way towards your advancement and future expansion.
  • The right software system for your business is a wise investment. If you want the right software system, you should also look for the right people who are capable of making things right for your business. You should also acquire the services of a good and reputable software company if you don’t have an in-house developer, or simply, your in-house developers are not sufficient to address your needs. For this part, our previous article located in the blog section can guide you. After all, deciding to venture with system development has always been an investment. Thus, it is important to look at the cost and the Return of Investment (ROI) that the software system can actually bring your business. It is like investing and sowing right now, then reaping the fruits in the long run. Make sure to make a wise decision, go for the best that will pay you off larger in the future.

These are just some suggestions on how you can find the right software system for your business. Even on your own you can keep on asking several business questions and unravel mechanisms on how to find the right software system for your business. Just remember that the urgency to address certain business needs is also a consideration might as well the cost of production. Go for a software system that will work best for your business!

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 14:48

A Software Is Not Just About The Software

 

 

Most of us view a software just on a surface level. It may just be something that you install so you can perform an activity, but in the realms of software development, a software undergoes several stages prior to implementation, development or use. A software can just be an app running in your mobile device that does a specific purpose like navigation, social media or even games. But did it come into mind that that simple software undergoes extensive planning, business and systems analysis, coding and testing? Did it come into mind that probably that software is linked or interfaced to another software, database or infrastructure component? Probably not.

Software architecture (or software engineering) is designing a software or an application by planning what should go with it, how it could be linked to somewhere, what infrastructure components it requires and designs an application or software that is capable of future improvements or linkages to extend software shelflife or extend the actual software life. Software development requires extensive resources so that we enjoy the things that we have now, specially in the aspects of planning, analysis, design, development and testing. It is not just one hit and miss thing, for even the smallest of applications may take time to be rolled-out to what we can use. If such is a one-time thing, then we cannot enjoy it for quality and security can be questionable. There is also such thing called as software maintenance, where small improvements like logical and program bugs can be fixed while the software is being used. This is so as to improve the quality and runtime of the software itself and the interfaces like databases and linkages to other systems  can be fixed for small issues like security and outputs.

In the facet of both open source and commercial software, the same concept applies. Each software released via these markets both undergo with such processes. However, in commercial software, all of the processes are done by the software company’s internal software development team, while in open source software, software enthusiasts do it independenly as long as the concept of the software is directly linked to one another. To cite an example, the Linux Operating System can be composed of several software that are developed by thousands of Linux enthusiasts around the world, but we users, see it as Linux the operating system that has capabilities of doing browsing, office processing or even audio and video. For the Microsoft operating systems, it is composed of several programs or applications (also called as DLLs, or dynamic link libraries, that work hand in hand) so we can enjoy Microsoft Windows as a whole. Same goes for even the Microsoft Office suites.

The discipline of software architecture or software engineering is somewhat similar to building a house. Software architects build the foundation of the application, like what Civil Engineers do. And software architects put on the provisions for current and future use, just like what Civil Architects do. Each software relies on a robust and strong foundation that should be built with future plans in mind, not just for what is in store. If a building is constructed with the provision of additional floors in the future, then the building foundation should be prepared for it, with or without the expansion plans.

Software architecture or software engineering is making fundamental structural choices which are very expensive to change once implemented. Software architecture or enginerring choices include specific options from possibilities to what lies ahead in the design of the software.

 

This is the same concept applied to even small applications like mobile apps. What would be the future direction of these applications? Are they going to be interfaced with your social media accounts later on? Or the owners of the software are just contented of leaving the software it is and let it die a premature death causing expenses on the development cost? Or is the application supposed to be improved later on with the provisions of multiple online gamers that can play with each other or together?

So the next time we see a software, imagine the costs and activities that went through with its inception and development. A software is not just a software, a software is a piece of the puzzle that undergoes extensive planning, architecture so that it can be improved in the future and we users, could enjoy it more. The more we enjoy it, the longer we use it, and the longer we use it, the more justifiable the software’s life it is for us users.

 

 

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In one of our previous blogs before, we’ve talked about SDLC or also known as “Software Development Life Cycle”.

Just to refresh our minds, SDLC is a model framework that describes the stages of project development. Speaking of these stages, one of the most notorious, challenging and mind-boggling is the “Analysis” stage.

This stage is very crucial for it allows you to set up the pace in defining the functional and non functional requirements for system development. This also gives you the leeway to scrutinize not only the business needs but also the system/program to be developed.

Did you know that in SDLC, you can actually conduct analysis in two ways? Yes, just like a coin with two sides, analysis can be done through what we call as “Business Analysis” or “System Analysis”. But, the million-dollar question would be, how do they differ from one another?

The Process

Business Analysis is known as a process of understanding and identifying business needs and problems. It puts prior on examining the overall business structure, resources, strategies or even the issues comprising the organization. It involves documentation and gathering of information to thoroughly examine what solution would be best to address the needs.

This is normally performed by a business analyst who ensures that the IT solution which is system development coincides with the goals and requirements of the business.

On the other hand, System Analysis is known as a process of identifying the solution given the problem. More often than not, basic system needs are verified. Thus, this process requires the system analyst to probe and identify the system requirements needed, the system design to be implemented, the programming language to be used for the project and other technical specifications related to the system.

Nowadays, we also have what we call as Business System Analyst which can do both roles.

The Responsibilities of a Business Analyst

  • Assessment of business needs and problems
  • Understanding the structure of the organization, issues and its inadequacies
  • Management of business requirements in coordination with the management, stakeholders and end-users
  • Documentation and gathering of information about the business process
  • Preparation of the recommended IT solutions for the business needs.
  • Participation within the whole SDLC process to ensure that the system/solutions provided will be compatible to the needs and goals of the business.

The Responsibilities of a System Analyst

  • Coordination with the business analyst or the management for the system requirements
  • Administration in creating the system, testing and checking the performance of the system.
  • Identification of the system design and the techniques to be used to make the system efficient for the users.
  • Discussion and coordination with the management and end-users to ensure that the system can address their needs when the system is already developed.
  • Creation of flowcharts and model to be used by the developers
  • Configuration and monitoring of the system creation.

 The Skillls

There you go! The two processes may require different set of skills, knowledge and expertise. More often than not, business analysts should have a good background when it comes to business and marketing while systems analysts are required to have higher technical skills.

Conclusion

      As you can see both of the two processes are different but they are complimentary. Don’t worry doing both of these process is definitely worthwhile.

Think of the analysis stage as a stone, which can hit two major goals 1) address certain business needs; 2) create a system to solve the needs and achieve further corporate targets (either maximizing productivity or increasing profit via the system)

At the end of the day, no matter how different they are what is important is how both processes complement and support each other to achieve a common goal!

 

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References:

Business Analyst Learning Official Website. (September 21,2016). Duties of a Business Analyst. Retrieved from: http://businessanalystlearnings.com/business-analyst-career/2015/11/7/what-is-the-difference-between-business-analysis-and-systems-analysis

Villanoavu Online Website. (September 21,2016). Duties of a System Analyst. Retrieved from http://www.villanovau.com/resources/business-analysis/business-analyst-vs-system-analyst/#.V-IwJih97IU

 

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Most companies these days would claim that they are “reputable” enough to handle your software development needs. But what does the term reputable mean?

The word reputable is variable. The term reputable comes from the root word “reputation”, which means, a belief that someone or something has that particular habit or characteristic. In all honest terms, every company, institution or individual have their own reputation. An individual may be reputed to as “industrious or hardworking” even though no one has ever worked with that individual. A company may be reputed as “dynamic or customer-centric”, even though no one has ever engaged this company into business.

In the world of software development, reputation varies. Some companies are reputed to be “expensive” or “delivers high quality outputs.” But would these be enough for small to medium enterprises? It would depend on how these companies view as such, but let us discuss here the characteristics of a “good-reputationed” software development company.

  1. A Good Software Company Must Have An Extensive Record of Delivered Solutions

            It would be easy to create an off-the-shelf timekeeping system and it would be easy to create an off-the-shelf accounting system, but timekeeping and accounting are just slices off the pie in a business environment. What sets good software development companies apart are its extensive experience in delivering solutions for various industries, supporting various business processes. It should not be limited in delivering specific off-the-shelf solutions for the software development processes require extensive experience in the areas of all business aspects.

  1. A Good Software Company Must First Listen, and listen and listen, and listen.

Each business has its own specific process that sets it apart from its competition. If a software company does not listen to what you specifically need then how can they deliver what you need? “I need this automated solution, but I really do not have that much money to pay for it.”

 Software development companies who hear these lines go out as soon as they can. But good software companies would try to work out a solution with you. Flexible payment terms? It can always be done, for the good of the client. Of course, business is business, but would the clients deserve more? 

  1. A Good Software Company Focus On Quality

Some software companies go in, install, configure and leave, leaving the clients hanging. A good software company listens, listens even more, understands your business, understands your problems, installs, configures and stays with you until such time that you are running perfectly. Of course, it comes with a bit of cost, but quality and perfection always comes with costs.

  1. A Good Software Company Supports

 Some software companies, again, go in, install, configure and leave. After sometime, your business processes requires change and no one knows on how the software installed can fit into the business process. Some companies throw the software to the garbage, but good companies make sure that they are there to make the software adjust to your business. This makes sure that good return of investments are realized by the client.

  1. Good Software Companies See the Big Picture

Need to link your existing systems to another systems in the future? Some companies do not realize that their deliverables may require interface to new or existing systems in the future leaving a thick wall on their software products so that it can’t be linked to other systems or software in the future.

Need to put up that system into the Internet? Some companies would just say, they cannot, but good companies have designed their products so that it can support everything.

  1. Lastly, Good software companies are customer-centric and deliver quality results. 

Who would want to work with companies who do not listen to what their customers need and just shove down their products to the throat of their clients so that they can make the sale, get paid and go? Again, good software companies exist because they value what their customers need, not just on the revenues that they are about to make. Sudden adjustments into the software? Good software companies knows that. It would be ok to make adjustments, just as long as the software fits into the users requirements. Good software companies work closely with the clients and communicate well so that even the smallest detail of issues can be ironed out.

Have you experienced a software that you installed in your smart phone that after installation, the phone does not work as normal as before? Then after installing, you call up their support, but no one can help you? It’s quality. Good software companies ensure that their products would work and commits that these products can still be improved, making them work better.

These characteristics are vital. It’s not just about reputation. Sure, good software companies may charge higher, but then again, quality may come at a higher price and that higher price would be going back to your business in the future. Cheaper companies may charge low, but would be leaving you as soon as they are paid leaving their customers hanging and may decide just not to use the software, throwing investments to the bin. Good software companies are there to support you in your every little need, and are there to support you in your pain and victories.

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             Across all business strata, the concept of “database” has been a crucial aspect of Systems Development. Indeed, it is tantamount to say that, nowadays, almost all business establishments are investing to venture upon it, after all the database is the lifeblood of business operations aside from Sales and Marketing. Name all of those from the big corporations, institutions, government agencies down to the Small-Medium Enterprises (SME’s).

Apparently, this is no surprising because before you drive that line towards the concept of Above-the-Line (ABL) advertising or marketing, a company needs to establish itself first and manage its own knowledge bank.

One better way to do this, is to have an organized and established database. Take note, not just a database but a good and well-structured one!

Talking About the Database

The heart of a database is the data itself. It contains all the quantitative or qualitative information about a company, its customers, their people, its services, products, sales, etc. These pieces of information are collated inside the database; which is an integral part of systems development. It serves as the content and meat of any system or application. Hence, it is indispensable to know what type of data should you use in creating a database.

Unstructured data is a set of information that lacks categorization and arrangement. One simple example would be having too many email messages with a different subject and sender. Imagine how chaotic it may appear, right? But once you categorized it into folders, your life will be much easier. This is where structured data will come into play.

Structured data is a set of information that has a fixed format and arrangement. It has a high-degree of organization and flexibility rather than the previous one. It is arranged in a manner that can easily be accessed by anyone either by order, name, location, gender etc. It follows a data model which depends on the type of business data available and how they are stored, processed and accessed. Thus, it is important to define the values first to organize your data in a database. (Webopedia, 2016). 

Companies and SME’s with a growing number of clients and employees might have been facing a lot of issues due to unstructured and cluttered data. Imagine how much information they need to compile? Or how much information that they need to collate using voluminous and multiple sources of data just to create a report?  This is the very reason why having a database became the most sought after solution for data management problems.

Knowing the Importance of a well-structured database

According to Global Industry Development Network (GIDN), a well-structured database is paramount to the success of a business. Keeping all  information into a one secured place to be accessed anytime by any business. Here are some of the top reasons why there is a need for a well-structured database.

  • Accessibility and Availability of Data

A well-structured database can make information easily accessible anytime and anywhere. Any information in a database can also be searchable due to its categorization and fixed arrangement of values. You can now eliminate the hassle of manually going through a lot of papers or multiple sources before finding the right piece of information that you need.

 

  • Sharing of Data/ Multi-User Scheme

  A well-structured database is beneficial for the sharing of data. A database is designed for processing transactions, storing these transactions and sharing data with a lot of users. Yes, it follows a multi-user mode where anyone can access the information at the same time. If you are a developer, normally structured data is done by using Structured Query Language (SQL) a programming language used in data management systems. 

  • System Performance

   A well structured database allows systems or applications accessing such information to perform much better by just going through a structure piece of source, instead of an application or system to browse several sources just to get or acquire specific values.

  • Security and Authorized Access to Information

A well-structured database is better on how it sis being controlled and managed. . User-level access mode is used to verify a number of people who can use and access the database. Security measures are also included to limit the access to some information which should not be for everyone. By having a database, you can ensure that information is stored safely and efficiently. Database Administrators are the only people allowed to change or revise the database according to their needs as well as perform the necessary optimization of these structured databases for it to perform efficiently.

  • Easier and Simpler Storage & Backup

A well- structured database requires less effort for storage and backup. It helps in preventing data loss and storing important files for monitoring and growth tracking. With the available technology right now, you can even store your database by using Cloud.

  • Analysis and Verification of Data

 A well-structured database is also important and helpful in analyzing data. Since information is structured and categorized, analyzing data won’t be that difficult. You can easily get all the figures and details that you want and turn it into a report. The database can also verify if the data is valid, you can set up some values or verification codes to test the integrity of data.

  • Time, Effort and Cost Efficient

A well structured database minimizes the effort of browsing all the locations at your library to look for some details about the client. More importantly, this is cost efficient especially if you have a daily operation where the transactions need information from a database.

These are just some of the benefits why it is viable to have a well-structured database. On a pragmatic level, having a good database is also used to complement with certain marketing strategies and business approaches. Some companies can also use this to bridge the gap between the company and its clients or even an organization and its members. This is also a reason why having a good database is becoming not only a solution but more of a necessity and business philosophy.

 

 

References:

Global Industry Development Netowork. (September 14, 2016). Importance of Structured Databases. Retrieved from http://gidn.co/news/the-importance-of-structured-databases.html

Bright Planet Online Website (September 14, 2016. Structured & Unstructured Database. Retrieved from https://brightplanet.com/2012/06/structured-vs-unstructured-data/

Webopedia Online Website. (September 14, 2016) Structured Data Retrieved from http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/structured_data.html

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Published in Software Development
Thursday, 08 September 2016 10:21

Hardcoding Vs. Softcoding

 

Are you torn in between hardcoding and softcoding? Well, in the plethora of codes, you may have probably asked how hardcoding differs from softcoding? Are they one and the same? Is hardcoding really hard? When should I use such?

Apparently, these are just some of the normal questions that a person may have. Don’t worry we are actually on the same page, come and let’s unfold what each concept means!

What is Hardcoding?

According to John Spacey (2016), hardcoding is defined as a practice of embedding things in code or the placement of values and functions in a code. This is usually avoided by programmers because it entails the use of complex programming techniques. System maintenance is also on the hard side.  This is also the reason why hardcoding is normally performed by programmers only. 

What is Softcoding?

On the other hand, softcoding is known as the placement of values and functions to configure or modify the codes. This is preferred by business operations because even the users can change the functionalities of a software even without the presence of the programmer. (Spacey, 2016) In this type of coding, users are allowed to customize the software according to their needs.  It gets the information externally from the outside.

How to differentiate hardcoding from softcoding?

On a more technical level, an entity may contain both codes either through hardcoding of softcoding. According to Michael Blaha in his book entitled Patterns of Data Modelling the two concepts are very different from each other as listed in the table below. If you are a programmer this might not be new to you.

 

Table 1: Hardcoding Vs. Softcoding (Blaha,2015)

                                  System values (hardcoded)           Other values (softcoded)

 

        Hardcoding

              Softcoding

Certainty

Hardcode attributes that are certain

Softcode attributes that are uncertain or may be added during or after development.

Indexing

Limited to at most one value

for an entity- attribute combination

Permits multiple values for an entity attribute combination

Multivalues

Awkward to record

Straightforward to record

Value meta

data

Name, timestamp

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 What should I use?

          If you are still puzzled on what to use, you can start by thinking about… What will work best for you as a programmer or as a user? Actually, it will solely depend on your approach, requirements and the structure of the system that you’ll be creating.

You can just say that the easy way out would be softcoding especially if you want to customize everything for your users.  If you find it challenging to do coding deep down the source, hardcoding may be the best choice for you! It may be tedious but if you’ll count on your expertise the outcome might be fruitful for you.

Just remember that no matter how you enjoy each one. There are also instances that you need to use both. This is also the reason why even novice programmers are entitled to know both types of coding.

At the end of the day, there would be no harm in learning both, right? Who knows? This might come in handy in the future!

 

 

References:

Spacey,John. Simplicable Online Website Article (September 5,2016).Hardcoding VS. Softcoding Retrieved from http://simplicable.com/new/hardcoding-vs-softcoding

Table 1.Hardcoding Vs. Softcoding. Adapted from “Patterns of Data Modeling ” by Michael Blaha, 2010, Copyright 2015 by Taylor & Francis Group CRC Press Retrieved from  Google Books Link: https://books.google.com.ph/books?id=s_IbDAAAQBAJ&pg=SA13-PA9&lpg=SA13PA9&dq=table+hardcoding+vs.+softcoding&source=bl&ots=c9o3BH7bq0&sig=fZKTqE3kWdOcoFfMTRvEFQrtmlE&hl=ceb&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiVqLXBxffOAhVgFMAKHfpCAosQ6AEIUjAG#v=onepage&q=table%20hardcoding%20vs.%20softcoding&f=false

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Thursday, 01 September 2016 12:04

The Characteristics of a Good Systems Analyst

              

              As you come across this page, it is either you are already a systems analyst and you just want to improve your craft or you are aspiring to be one in future! Whatever your reasons are, let us just say that you are an amazing individual who are curious to learn what a systems analyst does. Don’t worry you are on the right track fella!

Well, what is so special about being a systems analyst? On the international level, being a systems analyst is in demand nowadays. Indeed, this is not surprising knowing that it got the 8th spot as one of “The Best Jobs of 2016” as published by CareerCast.com an online career search website and Forbes as well.

According to the same list, a computer systems analyst has a 21% growth outlook meaning it is promising when it comes to career development. Thus, given a globally competitive setting, being just a business analyst is not enough, you also have to be good at it! As cliché as it may sound, if you want to be excellent at something, you should start from yourself. Sometimes, it’s all about having the right attitude and the right characteristics.

The Role of a Systems Analyst

System Analysis is known as a process wherein the goals and strategies of a system is analyzed and planned. All the information needed and the design should support the goals and the purpose why the system is created. Obviously, this is where the Systems Analyst will come into play. This role is very crucial for he or she serves as the IT or business professional who will use analysis and design techniques to solve certain problems by using technological solutions and approaches. 

The Characteristics of a Good Systems Analyst

  • A good systems analyst has the technical knowledge and skills

                   In order to be good at something, the first step is to know more about the field that you are interested in. Most likely, this will come naturally especially if this is your passion. You will just be surprised that you are very eager and excited to learn more about that field. Thus, this goes the same in being a good systems analyst. You need to learn a lot of information and skills either by studying, observing or through your own experience. It would also be great if you are familiar with the programming languages and databases used by the developers. Just get it on and never stop to learn!

  • A good systems analyst is a problem-solver

                  A larger part of being a systems analyst is to investigate and figure out things. Yes, with the use of technical knowledge and skills he or she must be able to know and identify what are the problems within the system and how to solve it by using information and technology. This is why a systems analyst should always think logically and use certain problem solving mechanisms. Sharpen your skills just like when you try to solve that mind-boggling puzzle when you were a kid.

  • A good systems analyst can communicate and listen effectively.

                         Communication and listening in this job is very important. Expect that you will coordinate with the members of the team and even with the users, stakeholders and decision makers of a business or organization. Being able to communicate well can help you in gathering information. Remember that, it is important to know the needs, the problems, the requirements etc. Thus, listening more than talking is also needed sometimes. In this way, you can be able to have a clear grasp on how you are going to solve the issues. There are also times when you will be asked to explain the process and how to use the system. Thus, there’s no harm in enhancing your communication skills.

  • A good systems analyst is patient and practical

                          Analyzing systems functionalities as well as information provided by users are difficult. You have to devote more time and painstakingly undergo certain technical issues. Sometimes, searching for the solution and what approach to use is much more nerve-racking on your part. Thus, if you want to be good at this craft you should be more patient to learn and understand things. It is also suggested that you will be practical in making decisions. Don’t be too hard on yourself, patience is a virtue.

  • A good systems analyst must also have some project management skills

                           More likely being a systems analyst will also require project management skills. In some companies you are also tasked to lead the team, solve the problem in a system, manage the cost and fix the schedule and timeline for production. This is actually a good avenue to unleash your potentials and skills so why not give it a try? This is a good training ground for bigger responsibilities in the future.

  • A good systems analyst is understanding and creative

                             In creating and designing a system, it is important that you    understand the needs and problems of the client. Knowing what purpose will it serve will help you in designing the system. From that, you can now think of the most creative and feasible approach or design to address the problem. You can also make it more user-friendly for the users.

Actually, these are just some of the important characteristics of a good systems analyst. Who knows? By using your own experience, you might be able to discover and name other characteristics needed to improve yourself.

Unravel it on your own and in the future, you might be able to answer what it really takes to be a good systems analyst!

References:

Image Source: Freepik.com or http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/business-brainstorming-concept_767019.htm

CareerCast Online Website (August 31,2016). System Analyst Retrieved from http://www.careercast.com/slide/best-jobs-2016-8-computer-systems-analyst

Online Blog-Characteristics of a System Analyst (August 31,2016). System Analyst Retrieved from http://misallabouts.blogspot.com/2009/12/characteristics-of-systems-analyst.html

Characteristics of a System Analyst (August 31,2016) http://www.breakingnewsroll.com/2013/02/24/attributes-of-a-good-system-analyst

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Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:35

What is an Open-Source Software?

 

Understanding What an Open-Source Software Is

Have you ever wondered what lies behind your amazing applications on your mobile phone or programs on your laptop, desktop or servers? How it was structured and how it was created? Well, more than your eyes can see, these are made up of codes and multiple programs. Yes, this is called as source codes which serve as a framework for the features and functionalities of how the application or the program works.

Normally, these source codes are mutually exclusive to the one who created it or to the company who owned it. This type of software is called proprietary software wherein only the creators can legally inspect, change the codes or alter the designs of the applications.  Examples are Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. This is the reason why it is licensed and not anyone is permitted to access the source code.

This sets as apart from an open-source software, wherein the source code can be publicly accessed, modified, shared and enhanced by other people. Libre Office and Linux are popular examples of this kind of software. Other people can copy the source code of an open-source software, alter it and learn from it. 

Knowing If It’s Free of Charge

More often than not, the common misconception is that an open-source software is free of charge. Actually, in some cases this can be totally free or this can be free but limited. It is actually the prerogative of the developer who created it. Some users can actually donate or offer monetary support if they like what the developer has done. Some companies are even using the open-source way as a marketing strategy to attract more clients. For instance, they can make an open-source software available, but of a limited functionality but should users would require additional features, the client must pay it.

Unravelling Its Benefits

An open-source software makes life easier for programmers and developers. Instead of creating a new set of codes, they can just use an open-source software which save more time, money and effort. This can also help in training students for they can manually edit or change the codes or even play with it. This is also more stable and secure for future projects for developers where they can revise or change anything anytime. They can control the codes and suit it to their needs and requirements. This can also pave way for the creation of other systems and applications in the long run.

Stating Some Popular Licenses

If you are going to use an open-source software you should also consider what license it has to determine how far you can go in revising it. For instance, some licenses may allow you to download an open-source software but you can’t distribute it. Others are available for personal and community use but not for companies. Most of the open-source software have some editable parts but there also some which needs to give due credit to the developer. Thus, it is important to know that these open-source licenses vary from one another. It has different terms and conditions per license.

Here are some popular licenses which are widely used. 

(OpenSource.Org, 2016)

-Apache License 2.0

-BSD 3-Clause “New” or “Revised” license

-BSD 2-Clause “Simplified: or “FreeBSD” license

-GNU General Public License (GPL)

-GNU Library or “Lesser” General Public License (LGPL)

-MIT License

-Mozilla Public License 2.0

-Common Development and Distribution License

-Eclipse Public License

 At the end of the day, the use of open-source software promotes a culture of sharing for a common purpose towards betterment or improvement and collaboration. This has been a testament that knowledge is better when it is shared through the open-source way!

 

References:

Open-Source.Org Online Website. (22, August 2016). Open-Source Software Licenses Retrieved from: https://opensource.org/licenses

Open Source Online Website. (22,August 2016). Open-Source Software. Retrieved from https://opensource.com/resources/what-open-source

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             In a globally competitive world, no doubt that personal and career development is a must. No wonder why the so called “millennials” are constantly seeking for a barrel of avenues wherein they can grow and unleash their potentials. In a report conducted by Gallup entitled as “How Millennials Work and Live” it has been noted that 87% of millennials rate career development  as an important factor in choosing a job.

Well, this is not surprising considering that technological advancement became an inherent aspect of modernization. The millennials want jobs that are innovative, success-driven and dynamic for growth. Here are some of the reasons, why most millennials may probably want or think of joining the Information Technology (IT) sector.

1. IT Jobs are dynamic and innovative

              Sounds cool right? Most of the generation today are millennials who are digital natives, which means they are accustomed to the use of technology. Most of the millenials today are forced to learn new things and it makes them flexible.  Web developers, programmers, android developers need to keep up with the latest trends in applications, programming language in oder to do certain tasks. Truly, millennials have to adapt with the current technologies. products and solutions that are available within a specific time. As a result, technology paved way for a lot of innovations coming from the new gadgets and applications that are being changed and invented everyday. Thus, it makes IT jobs more fascinating for the millennials.  IT jobs require fresh ideas, skills and innovative people like the millennials. 

2. IT Jobs are challenging

              Coding, developing, programming, reducing bugs and the like are not really easy. You have to be equipped with the knowledge and the skills in order to do such IT tasks. For millennial programmers, MySQL, JQuery, CSS, HTML can be as challenging as it is. They have to painstakingly work overnight just to code and learn other programming languages based on the system requirements of a company. The IT sector is very broad and this serves as challenge and opportunity for millennials to prove themselves. Well, millennials of today love to explore and learn new things. They wanted to challenge their abilities and think out of the box. But take note, millennials are also outgoing who love adventures so given such challenges, this can also lead them to explore other avenues wherein they can grow. This is also the reason why most of them especially the younger ones are into job hunting to the point that they change their jobs frequently. 

3. IT Jobs are interesting and fun

                More often than not, if you are an IT guy, there must be something in the technical world that interest you so much. If you are a programmer, you will not bear the agony of the coding process if you didn’t love and enjoy it in the first place.If you are a web developer, you will not study or take time to learn those certain platforms and applications if you didn’t like it even an ounce of it. Either it is by force or by choice, it still depends on how you view your job. Generally speaking, millennials want jobs that are innovative and fun. IT jobs are pretty fun and serious by nature. You have to take it seriously so that you can achieve fruitful results. This is the reason why most of the technical people think that IT jobs are interesting and fun. At the end of the day, if you love what you are doing you will not think of it as work.  

4. IT jobs are in demand

                  IT jobs are really promising for the millennials. It has been reported that by the year 2025, a larger part of the working sector will be composed of the millennials. It is also expected that a lot of industries and businesses will be improving their systems to adapt with the modern demands of the future. Thus, all the more they will need technological solutions and resources to address their needs. This will open up to a myriad of opportunities for IT people. Some businesses may result to IT staff augmentation or IT project outsourcing to achieve operational efficiency and lessen their cost. On the international level, there has been an increasing demand for IT people. All you have to do is search for that golden opportunity.

5. IT jobs are flexible and have a unique working culture

                   Millennials of today, love to work and play. This has been proven by a lot of IT companies who are making twist in their work culture. Local or international, some IT companies are making an effort to revolutionize the work place atmosphere. This is done to make their employees feel good so as they can work effectively. Even the offices are being designed in a unique manner so as it can be conducive not only for the customers but most importantly for the employees. They even offer free food, provide sleeping quarters, gaming room, gym in order to adjust with the lifestyle of the millennials.

      Isn’t it exciting? Well, these are just some of the captivating reasons why you might want to be part of the IT sector. No doubt, being an IT guy is as cool and as interesting as you may have probably think of! Salute to all the IT guys out there.

 

References:

Gallup Business Journal Online Website (2016, August 22). “How Miilennials Work and Live Report. Retrieved from“ http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/191435/millennials-work-life.aspx

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