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Bad code abounds, and the cost to fix it is expensive. A 2002 federal study found that software errors and bugs in code cost the U.S. economy nearly $60 billion a year. And a study conducted by The Standish Group reports a 27-month backlog on end-user requests for application enhancements. With bugs and enhancements coming out of the same budgets, only the loudest voices are heard. Many organizations with overrun projects have development teams that spend most of their time fixing bugs, fighting fires and leaping from one crisis to the next. Meanwhile, the “too little, too late” approach to QA means that development teams consistently underestimate the time needed to test and debug applications. Improving Code Quality How can this situation be turned around? How can development organizations improve code quality so that they can focus their efforts on develo... (more)

Java Development Managers Stress the Need to Improve Software Quality

We've all experienced it - the "get it out the door" mentality that seems to be the driving force behind many software application deliveries - a prime example of the software industry's immaturity that favors completion over quality, and an end user's preference for hot new features over stable, reliable systems. Deferring the QA process is an expensive way to operate and corporations are taking a financial hit for these software errors. According to the Washington, D.C., National Institute of Standards and Testing (NIST), software errors cost the U.S. economy $60 billion per ye... (more)

JavaOne - JavaFX abuzz

Nigel Cheshire's Blog I’m at JavaOne this week, where the talk from Sun is all about mobile, or JavaFX and JavaFX Script. I’m not sure the world needs another scripting language, but then what do I know? I know it's a bit off-topic, but the thing that struck me about JavaOne this year is just how busy it is. I didn’t hear any numbers yet, but there are a lot of people here. And, more surprisingly to me at least, is that the product pavilion is packed with people. I would have thought that in this day and age, the old trade show formula would be getting old by now... (more)

SYS-CON.TV Posted an Interview That Roger Strukhoff Did with Me at JavaOne

Nigel Cheshire's Blog SYS-CON.TV just posted an interview that Roger Strukhoff did with me at JavaOne last month. While there's not too much you can say about software quality in 9 or 10 minutes, I did drop a few hints about what we are working on here at Enerjy, which we are pretty excited about. I’ll start to blog about that here soon, but in the mean time you can go check out my funny British accent here. Email this • Save to del.icio.us • Digg This! • Stumble It! ... (more)

Why Coding Standards?

Show me code written by ten developers and I'll show you ten different coding styles. So why try to develop and enforce coding standards? Who cares what a program looks like as long as it works? The primary reason for adopting coding standards is to make it easier for developers to read and understand each other's code. Although peer reviews are relatively new, most developers maintain.or at least step through.someone else's code. A huge amount of development effort is wasted reading undecipherable code. It is amazing how a few style changes can make code difficult to read. Arm... (more)