Posted July 23, 2012 by Montamonta in General Programming
 
 

4 Best Development Practices That Enhance Your Software Quality

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Learning the art of programming takes time and effort. If you learn the best development practices from the start, it will help you reach your potential to become a great programmer much quicker and with less frustration.

1. Know your requirements

It is absolutely vital that you know all, or at least most, of the requirements for the application that you are going to develop. If the application is being developed for a client, meet with them personally or via Skype and make sure that you know exactly what they want your application to do, how they want to access it, how many people will be using it, how secure they want the application to be, how long you have to create the application, and what kind of compensation they want to provide for your services.

2. Plan extensively

Planning the development of an application should be much more intensive than actually writing the code if you are familiar with the language that you are using. Decide on all of the components and libraries that you will use before you start writing code so that you can be as efficient as possible by focusing on proper interoperability and reducing redundancy. This will save you lots of time and sometimes money if you choose the right resources to leverage. When writing in object-oriented languages, it is essential to abstractly design all of the classes and attributes of each class in advance so that you can reuse and encapsulate all of your work.

3. Comment your code

There will come a day when you need to reuse old code for a new purpose. If you properly comment your code by describing what every method does, what other methods those methods depend on, and what the variables in each of those methods represent, you will save yourself a ton of time and effort on your new project. Also, if you are working for a company it is likely that someone else will eventually be the primary user and editor of your code. Use the golden rule and consider how you would feel if thousands of lines of code without comments were placed in front of you and you were expected to expand upon and improve the system for which the code was developed.

4. Preemptively design test cases

This is closely related to planning and knowing your requirements. If you decide what your application should be doing before you create it, you will also know what to test for once it is complete. By creating test cases before starting the development process, it is easier to test incrementally and validate individual components before they become a detriment to a larger system that is forced to operate with the flawed components which often results in developers having to modify much more than just the original flawed component.

While there is much more that could be mentioned here, these tips form a strong foundation for programming that will help you succeed in creating applications that you and your clients can be proud of. By knowing your requirements, planning extensively, commenting your code properly, and preemptively designing test cases, the likelihood of your application being a success will be very high.

This was a guest post by Monta, thank you ! Monta the mother of three children serves as an Expert Advisor on multiple household help issues to many Organizations and groups, and is a mentor for other “Mom-preneurs” seeking guidance. She is a regular contributor of gonannies.com You can get in touch with her at montafleming6Atgmail dotcom.


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About the Author: Monta the mother of three children serves as an Expert Advisor on multiple household help issues to many Organizations and groups, and is a mentor for other “Mom-preneurs” seeking guidance. She is a regular contributor of gonannies.com You can get in touch with her at montafleming6Atgmail dotcom.