Development

User Centred Design at Spot Solutions

User Centered Design (Human Centered Design) is a design and development approach that keeps users’ needs and goals as the focus of the design process. Solutions begin and end with the end user in mind. By involving human perspective in all phases of the process, a product is produced that is usable, efficient, and satisfying for the user. The design phases used at Spot Solutions typically look like the following: Research and Discover Gathering and analyzing user data Personas Empathy maps Prototyping and Development Lightweight (literally) [...]

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Creating your first Phonegap (Cordova) application

Before starting, it’s worth knowing the difference between Cordova and Phonegap: Apache Cordova is mobile application development framework. In 2011 Cordova was purchase by Adobe and rebranded to PhoneGap. The open source version of PhoneGap continues to be released as Apache Cordova. Apache enables software developers to build mobile applications using HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS instead of using platform specific APIs like Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Although written with web technologies, Cordova applications have access to device hardware APIs like [...]

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Build or Buy: Deciding between Custom Software or COTS

You need software to run your business effectively.  It is a core tool of your business operations and your people depend on it.  So when should you buy Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software and configure it for your needs; and when should you consider a custom software solution? The reason I started Spot Solutions was to help firms gain valuable benefits from their software.  Too often I had seen software projects fail – either the wrong software tool was acquired or [...]

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Automated Tests Use Case with CMC

Working on the CMC Sensor Monitoring project, we found the test utilities in Visual Studio to be very helpful. One of the components of the CMC system, web service, was utilized by gateways in the local network. The gateways relayed data from a series of sensors, this data was then uploaded by the gateway to the web service. The QA team had a difficult time testing the web service component since there was no UI to initiate tests through. [...]

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