Software development

Subject: Software development
From: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2001 13:11:41 -0800 (PST)

In the discussion of best practices for software
development, it was said:

"The technical spec (design spec) ought to be written
before coding begins. It takes the _what_ from the
functional spec and explicates the _how_ in terms of
the design."

Actually, a great deal of work has been done in recent
years to develop the "Unified Model" of software
development. The most cutting edge implementation is
called "Extreme Programming."

It has been estimated that approximately $81 Billion
was spent last year in projects which never saw the
light of day.

Much of the problem has been attributed to the
somewhat traditional "waterfall" method, in which a
full design spec is done first.

It turns out that this method makes inevitable changes
during development very difficult if not impossible to
implement.

In this brief comment, I am sure I am not doing these
methodologies justice. There are many interesting
books on the unified model and extreme programming.
You might also look at www.xprogramming.com. Rational
Corporation was the major pioneer in the unified
model, which they call the Rational Unified Model
(RUP). To get an introduction to the concepts, look at
http://www.rational.com/products/rup/index.jsp.

I am now involved in learning the ways that
techwriters can participate in these processes in a
meaningful way. Later in the year, I plan to prepare
an article on the subject.

David Neeley

__________________________________________________
Do You Yahoo!?
Get personalized email addresses from Yahoo! Mail - only $35
a year! http://personal.mail.yahoo.com/

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Develop HTML-Based Help with Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 ($100 STC Discount)
**WEST COAST LOCATIONS** San Jose (Mar 1-2), San Francisco (Apr 16-17)
http://www.weisner.com/training/dreamweaver_help.htm or 800-646-9989.

Sponsored by ForeFront, Inc., maker of ForeHelp Help authoring tools
for print, WinHelp, HTML Help, JavaHelp, and cross-platform InterHelp
See www.forehelp.com for more information and free evaluation downloads

---
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.


Previous by Author: Re: Word Templates
Next by Author: Who's your client?
Previous by Thread: Re: Updating TOC from multiple documents
Next by Thread: Re: Software development


What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads


Sponsored Ads