Keenworks specializes in advanced website programming. To the
layperson, this is everything that happens after you press the submit
button. To project managers, this means well-organized, flexible, and
easily maintainable code that will reduce your future costs.
A lot of developers can write code. But it is all too easy to become
burdened by code that is difficult to read, expand, or maintain. It is
well worth it to focus on developing code correctly, and this can be
accomplished by focusing on the following principles:
- Architecture: A written program is not a sequential list of
steps. It is more like a living construct of logic - building blocks of
functionality that are used for different purposes at different times.
Advanced functionality needs to be built like how a building
is constructed: by creating self-contained units of functionality that can
be easily connected later in the process. Computers think in
sequential, methodical steps, but developers don't. The cost of bad
architecture is that if something in the foundation needs to change, the
entire construct can come tumbling down. The benefit of good
architecture is that you can easily unplug old functionality and replace
it with new, without risking the integrity of the project.
- Flexibility: If you're in software, you know that project
requirements can change quickly. There's no such thing as a solid spec,
and with some clients, feature creep can be the rule. With the wrong
software approach, this can create a lot of pain. Flexible development
techniques reduce this pain to a minimum. Using methodologies such as
"MVC", most of the advanced development requirements are offloaded to a
conceptual layer that rarely needs to be changed in the late stages of a
project. Think of it as nouns and verbs - nouns being the data, and
verbs being what the site wants to do with it. By making the verb layer
as small and economical as possible, last-minute changes in
functionality can be accomplished quickly, easily, and with a minimum of
- Maintainability: Larger projects have a team of developers
responsible for them. Most likely, they have some overlapping skills,
but different specializations. By participating in the correct
techniques of separation, different areas of the site can easily be
adjusted by different team members. Separating logic from presentation
can make it easy for your designers to change user interface elements
without risking the functionality of the site. Separating data elements
from control logic can allow you to easily support new data requirements
without having to tear apart the entire project. Putting it all
together leads to clear, concise code with reduced documentation needs.
- Portability: By focusing on flexible technology platforms,
"technological handcuffs" can be avoided and system upgrades can usually be
accomplished without threatening the functionality of your applications.
By using commonly available technologies such as Linux, Apache, MySQL,
Oracle, PHP, Perl, and Java, developed applications will automatically
inherit the kind of flexibility that will keep you free of expensive
support calls and vendor lock-in.
Keenworks can write software responsibly. If you have web software
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