Apr 15 2008

The Application-Deployment Lifecycle - Don't Give In

Posted by Mike Brunt at 7:10 AM
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I am sitting here at LAX, our great airport in Los Angeles en-route to meet a good friend and short-time colleague, Sean Corfield; we worked at the same company for a short time, Macromedia. In any case, this is not the subject of my post here, so what is the subject?

Having spent the best part of 28 years either part-time or full-time in software application development, starting with British Leyland in England, it puzzles me that still, after all of these years, we cannot as an industry, segment, profession or whatever we are called, get the application development lifecycle right. In some ways that is good for me, because I am often brought in to fix things. Today is very different though different and that is no surprise. Sean drove the move of Macromedia from BroadVision (if I recall that name correctly) to ColdFusion and from my experience did a masterful job. Without too much gushing and with genuine reasons, I think Sean has really continually pushed to improve web application development and to lift it upward. Today, many companies worldwide are either actively moving internal applications to a web base or web-desktop base with Flex-AIR; web application development is not a passing phase nor a trivial paradigm.

What I see in many cases, where there is trouble, are inept business managers pushing for deadlines that are ludicrous; talk about "tell me the old old story!". I feel it is incumbent upon us all to rail against unreasonable expectations with reason and intelligence. It is not easy, it cost me my job in one case; I was fired and in another case I resigned on principal. Nevertheless I will never relent, in my simple way, to continually push for betterment in application lifecycle methodologies.

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Yes, that is right. You or anybody else can't get the application development life cycle right simply because of rapid and continuous changes and we need to accept that. We just have to be open for any changes and we need to be open-minded all of the time.
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Barbara Brown wrote on 08/01/13 4:52 PM

Because of this, today, a lot of different firms found all over the world are either actively moving internal applications to a web base or web-desktop base with Flex-AIR.
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Sometimes, we should do something different to be heard and seen and they will finally see that what you want to be done is for the betterment for everyone involved.
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Brian Johnson wrote on 08/12/13 5:05 PM

I also knew someone who also worked for Macromedia! He stayed there for, at least, two years and went ahead and find a better job.
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Anthony Lee James wrote on 08/15/13 9:37 PM

Change is always present and everything keeps changing almost every millisecond. That's also true when it comes to technology and we just need to keep up with it especially if we depend on these technologies for a living.
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I also had the opportunity meet Sean Corfield at one conference regarding ColdFusion. We had a little talk after that conference and I've learned so much from that guy!
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