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How To Close Gaps In Campus Apps
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David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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7/2/2013 | 6:26:48 PM
re: How To Close Gaps In Campus Apps
Here's another approach for addressing simple data tracking apps.

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Some Other John Barnes
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Some Other John Barnes,
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6/18/2013 | 9:37:59 PM
re: How To Close Gaps In Campus Apps
David, I think the answer to that one, as with so many "or" questions, is "Yes." Some apps are going to be natural one-time one-use and throw it away; some will be "fix it once and it lasts forever;" and some will probably exhibit that horrible mission creep in which what started out as a simple mailing list program grows to rule the universe. But in any of those cases, documenting and specifying, and putting someone in charge of it, will reduce headaches down the road, whether it's because five years from now the guy who needed just this one thing once is writing a book that incorporates it and needs to remember what it was, or because it has created a de facto data standard that years later it becomes vital to understand, or because there will eventually be a Version 17.3.A of the system. My real position boils down to, there are going to be such apps, written by somebody. Better to have them written by people who get credit and experience --and if so, even better to have them have the experience of getting it right, and getting it right means documented.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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6/18/2013 | 8:12:28 PM
re: How To Close Gaps In Campus Apps
Are you thinking of these apps as being semi-disposable, created to meet the needs of one specific research project? Or do they need to be architected to be maintainable code over the long term?


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