Monday, April 24, 2006

Feedback

I've been overhelmed with the reporting of issues and suggestions of new features in Abassis Finance Manager, which is great! Now that Abassis reaches at least a dozen thousand users, there is a great set of user experiences and needs.

The emails keep coming, some with bug reports, feature requests or to just drop a thank you note for providing a good and easy to use application. I'm very happy to receive and answer all the e-mails (even if real life events sometimes drag my response times to weeks or even - shame on me - months).

It's great to have such an user following. This almost assures that Abassis Finance Manager will continue to get improved, as I still have energy to work on it and the users, like a compass, show where it must go and are vocal about the bugs encountered, in order to mantain its quality. I thank all users of Abassis for the help, and as always I want to let they know that they should fell free to e-mail me with suggestions, bug reports and anything else they want!

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Coding Work Desk

Today marks the first day of getting real work done on my new project, Abassis Work Desk.

I've been defining the features and methodologies for the application for a long time, but today was the first day of coding, the last and most important stage of development.

I'm also glad that I've been able to implement the quality control features I've discussed here before (TDD). This feature alone means a major leap in the direction of a rock solid offering.

Within a month I hope to have a beta of Abassis Work Desk available for the readers of this blog.

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Monday, April 10, 2006

Got the Flu

Just when I was starting to work on Abassis on a daily basis, the flu or cold got me and I was terribly sidetracked. It's been two weeks of body pain and difficult to sleep. Gladly I'm much better now, and soon I hope to be completely recovered.

While my programming powers are recovering, I've been just thinking about Work Desk. What features should be on the first version. How to develop it. I've made a few decisions, and the most important one is that I will try a new development method, called TDD - test driven development. I hope that this will guarantee a software of better quality.

One worry I have when dealing with users' data is that the program should not corrupt or lose data. By using TDD, I will be able to, at any time, run a batch of tests that check if Work Desk stopped doing something it must do. So I will trust that won't be releasing software with bugs in things that were working previously.

Anyway, stay tuned. I'm pretty confident that this year I will release some good software!

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