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SSW Update - October 2001

The Cutting Edge

Make your specification work

What should be covered in specs? Are you in the middle of a software application? How is it going? Have the requirements changed much? Do you know what date this application will go into production? And when it goes into production how many changes are there going to be?

This article outlines what I believe to be the minimal documentation required for successful rapid application development. Hopefully you can take away some points to use in your own projects.

By now, everyone acknowledges that it is important to have some form of "specification" before coding is commenced. However, what does this so-called specification contain, and how is it useful?

Often when commencing a project, our clients worry about the cost of the specification development. It is often perceived that this documentation hinders productivity, adds bureaucracy, delays shipping time and adds unnecessarily to the bottom line. Some developers also hold this view.

Cheers until next time,

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User group meeting

The Access/SQL Server/ASP.Net Users Group

The next User Group meeting will be held on Wednesday 17th of October at 5:45 PM.

At this month's meeting Adam Cogan will demonstrate the new version of Office Web Components (OWC 10) that ships with Office XP. This version is much better than the one released in Office 2000, and includes a vastly expanded charting function which makes it a viable and powerful alternative to 3rd party charting software. Adam will show you that it is pretty easy for even novice programmers to create stunning 3–D charts with just ordinary ASP.Net code.

See You There! | Sorry I can't make it

Don't forget that as Microsoft have moved to new premises, so has the User Group. Need a Map?

NEW PRODUCT - SSW SQL Server Data Compare

In theory, replication is a fantastic piece of functionality in Microsoft SQL Server. But in reality, it can lead to a database administrator's nightmare. Data conflicts are a common occurrence and require constant attention.

SSW SQL Server Data Compare is a tool that we have created to resolve data conflicts with SQL Server Replication. SQL Server Replication's main problem is that data is not kept in sync between the publisher and its subscribers. This tool allows the user to see the differences and make the appropriate changes necessary to synchronize the data properly.
SSW SQL DataCompare
SSW SQL Server Data Compare results screen showing records that are different.

SSW - More

croissantSSW Tech Breakfast - Special Double Session - Rules to Better Code and Successful Projects & An A - Z on Writing Better Specs

Managing a team of coders can be a tricky experience, especially as most coders like to do things their own way. We've compiled a list of rules that help make the development process as smooth as possible. These rules govern the creation of specifications and schedules, best methods for testing and fixing bugs and even the employees working conditions.

Skipping the spec writing phase is all too common in the software industry. Adam will teach you how to write one so you get a happier client and write better code along the way. At the end he will share a whole bunch of tips and tricks you can start using straight away.

Wednesday 7th November Register here

Hot tips
  • Remember Mehmet Ozdemir's User Group talk about real-life business use of Excel Pivot Tables and why you should choose them over other products like Access Reports, Cognos, Crystal, Forest and Trees etc?
    Download the sample Excel pivot table which runs on Northwind. This has sexy formatting, deployment and other interesting features.

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