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Code reviews are part of any software development environment. Not the most pleasant part, in what a developer is concerned, since it involves his/her work being scrutinized and it may feel stressful, “but it’s also one of the best ways to get feedback on your code, to catch typos and mistakes, and, more broadly, to grow as an engineer”.

In order to take some unnecessary pressure out of this process, there are tips & tricks synthesized in the online media that help both code developers and code reviewers make the best out of this stage. We asked a few collegues here at LASTING Software to help us select a few best practices/rules/recommendations.

Let’s review some of them, starting with the most quantifiable ones.

 

5 practical rules for code review

 

A developer should review less than 400 lines of code at once;

Keep the inspection rate at a density of less than 500 LOC per hour;

Try not to surpass 60 minutes at once without taking a break, if you want to keep a high performance;

Establish tangible, measurable goals for the entire process;

Use code review procedures that can be followed and tracked (checklists, collaborative tools, fixing processes to be implemented).

(Selected from Best Practices for Code Review, as presented by SmartBear)

 

5 recommendations for developers

 

Prepare a quick summary where you explain the problem and the proposed resolution;

Auto-review, prior to someone else reviewing your code, so you can trim some of the problems yourself;

Communicate – by using annotations to highlight all the soft spots, and tag the right people involved in the project that might clarify these problems you feel you need a second opinion about;

When the reviews are back, remember the importance of team work and concern yourself with their utility and processing prior (and over) feeling anxious;

Refactor changes without altering behavior.

 

5 recommendations for code reviewers

Always keep in mind the code purpose and the project scope;

Ask clear questions whenever the functions and classes reason does not reveal itself;

Be clear when highlighting the problem you have identified, and propose alternative solutions;

Write the reviews in a neutral and concise manner and avoid absolute judgments;

Don’t forget to mention the good things you notice – keeping it clear you review with the overall quality in mind, not just to hunt the errors.


You may find more useful advice, examples, and technical guidelines related to code reviewing in our third source of inspiration for this article – on Medium.

 

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Leadership

We like to innovate. LASTING Software is the consultancy & software development company with a “no excuses” mindset. We have a clear focus on delivering the right product from an end-user’s perspective. Our specialists always put themselves in the clients’ shoes and deliver solutions that fit actual needs.

We…
develop the graphics engines & tools which allow you to control your car and view your world.

create medical systems that monitor and protect your families.

enable 100’s of smart factories around the world to manage their Materials Planning.

realize the algorithms and analytics processing Big Data, which underpin 1000’s of FDA/FMA clinical trials.

build news apps which allow you to report ‘Real news’ in ‘Real time’ with data driven journalism.

transform statistics and analytics into insights on your KPI’s in cloud based AI decision systems.

 

Development for the future – what is different?

Big Data starts with quantity, but it is not all about it. Quality also matters – as the professionals around the globe have already determined. Quality data leads to quality results. But the companies still need the best algorithms to sift through it, process it and deliver the most valuable insights.

Still, being able to access a larger quantity of data makes the big players in any field keep up their advanced pace. Trends can be computed into mega-trends. It takes a quite powerful business stance to be able to see things at this kind of level. That is why we constantly follow topics that concern our activity. Keeping updated with what other top level professionals do or think is a good way of taking advantage of Big Data insights, by proxy. Combined with our own experience and insights, this allows for trend anticipation.

On this line of thought, this week we noticed an article about the way organizations innovate. It’s about the manufacturing space, about the way the products’ UI needs to change. The delivered solutions have to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Now, one may argue that software engineering is in a different league than manufacturing – and they would be right, of course.

However, when trying to innovate, understanding how people work on a scientific level is important in any line of work. For all successful innovators, the mindset is common. It acts like a unifying field that brings together all those who know or learn how to design and implement for the future.

 

To innovate, one has to start by being accurate


Whenever aiming to create completely different/improved elements, one needs to know the premises extremely well. Only by being aware of what has already been done (and how), you can come with that great extra element. That is why we fully assess our customers’ operational needs before providing possible solutions.

 

Remember that here, at LASTING Software:

  • The types of collaboration available include extension of the team, feature teams, or entirely independent product teams;
  • Communication is essential to establish the issues to fix, the elements to improve and the best software-related choices;
  • We design a plan that would best serve the requirements, and agree upon the software modules or solutions to implement and design;
  • The options are to adapt the existing software, or develop the new software to best suit the customer’s needs;
  • We deliver our product on time. Next, we provide support in the implementation, user training, and post-implementation stages;
  • Same room collaboration is greatly valued – nothing surpasses the power of personal collaboration.

 

Besides the expertise of the workforce, innovation requires a curiosity for the new, courage, determination, structure and a will to succeed. Focusing on what customers need now and in the future, along with what will make them more effective and efficient, proved to be the best way to go about becoming more innovative.

People need to be tenacious in their questioning of the status quo and accepted wisdom. They need to be able to anticipate mega-trends and incorporate them into products so that solutions are futureproofed for themselves and their customers.

Quote source

 

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It’s hardly news that traditional telecom businesses are in a tight spot. Changing their portfolio or gradually fading away – here are the available alternatives.

The reason for this lies within the explosion of new types of services and new delivery methods. To go straight to the point – if video killed the radio star, the Internet gave few chances to the TV and classic telecommunications. Its own stronger and more ubiquitous relative – the IoT, is the final blow to the old Telco industry.

That is, only if the businesses don’t leverage the situation on their side. Since many of the important players in the field are now already implementing their chosen course change, the “if” became more of a “when”. It is to be expected that all Telco operators that want to stick with this industry will restructure their offers.

 

What does upgrading Telco have to do with software development?

 

“Operators need to create dynamic new business models” – article on the systemic telecoms crisis. The new models “could implement the technologies of deep traffic analysis (DPI), service virtualization that cloud models increasingly use. An important trend is the consolidation of the larger industry players and the saturation of the market”.

Same source continues: “However, telecom has a lot to develop. Free services stimulate the use of more complex tools and such services become sponsored. A good prospect, for example, is M2M services, because inter-machine communication can generate huge amounts of traffic”.

 

IoT demands telecom – software development business partnerships

 

Another ReadWrite article tackles the telecom – IoT relationship alone. Smart, intelligent things own the future. Each of them comes with associated software, applications and online platforms. The big effort is to create an integrated global environment.

The telecom players “should redefine their business strategies, including key offerings around IoT”. Also, moving up the IoT value chain is mandatory, and it starts with better, more in-demand offerings.

In summary, the article we browsed lays down a few guidelines:

– Provide IoT-customized offerings;

– Be prepared to protect the IoT data by using blockchain;

– Find out about “smart contracts” and adopt them asap;

– Use partnership for success and survival (examples are in the source-article).

 

Is your telecom company in need of this type of changes? Looking for the right software consultancy & development partner?

 

Remember that at LASTING Software, we:

…speed up the R&D process, reduce time to revenue and reduce burn rate, enabling you to achieve more with less, faster. We give you the ability to extend your reach into customers for only marginal cost, we enable you to access new revenue streams and allow you to manage contingency without growing headcount.

 

…adapt to your business’s needs:

  • We provide IT consultancy services that involve an initial assessment of your operational needs;
  • Our way of working ranges from fixed-cost projects to time & material projects;
  • The types of collaboration available include extension of the team, feature teams or entirely independent product teams;
  • We listen to your story. This way, we establish the issues to fix, the elements to improve and the best software-related choices;
  • Together, we design a plan that would best serve the requirements, and agree upon the software modules or solutions to implement and design;
  • We adapt the existing software, or develop the new software to suit each individual need.
  • We deliver our product on time. Next, we provide support in the implementation, user training, and post-implementation stages.
  • We value same room collaboration. Nothing surpasses the power of personal collaboration.

 

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News

LASTING Software’s presence in medical IoT and smart healthcare is extensive. We developed wearable monitoring devices that record vital signs and sleeping habits. We have also developed our own air quality measurement solution. Its multi industry applicability includes this particular field.

Also, we worked on Big Data algorithms and analytics processing that underpin 1000’s of FDA/FMA clinical trials.

Remember that our focus and work style makes us suited to speed up the businesses of:

  • Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Large corporations
  • Investment funds and startups

Our working models include:

  • Our team as an extension of our client’s team
  • Full scrum team in Lasting Software
  • Turnkey project delivery


Allowing smart healthcare to gain traction

Infrastructure limitations, lack of standardization or of regulations often stand in the way of development. Still, things are changing for the better. By finding the right solutions, tech specialists enable digital development in more industries.

For example, one of the reasons digital healthcare (still) evolves at a slow pace consists of cyber security concerns. Thinking of the possibility of hackers accessing someone’s medical data is worrying. Malicious entities could also alter the data, or even manipulate devices that are essential for somebody’s health or life.

The industry looks for ways to reduce such risks. This would also enable the fast take-off of healthcare digital solutions. Some specialists recently considered the adoption of blockchain into mobile health data transmissions. Blockchain would bring enhanced security and privacy into healthcare. It’s one of the perfect candidates when it comes to reliable, smart solutions.

 

Blockchain comes to the rescue in mobile healthcare data management

Blockchain is “a data structure architecture kept consistent by ‘blocks’ stored and maintained by every device connected to the blockchain network (that) are permanent time-stamped transaction records where each block links to the preceding block to create a ledger, allowing users to track and verify all submissions to the system”.

When applying this system to healthcare data, a Chinese team showed that users could manage all personal health data in a more secure way. They would be in charge when it comes to designating the level of access to their data. Healthcare providers and other third parties would have the chosen access level to the data stored on a cloud server.

The ledger system – characteristic to blockchain – would enable efficient data processing and authentication.

This could free healthcare applications from the limitations of data vulnerability. It would definitely speed up the rate of development in this field. The blockchain solution could be one answer to a pressing issue.

 

For extra details on this news, here is the source article.

 

 

 

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Faced with a multitude of disruptors, all the software -interested businesses asses, learn and adapt at the quickest pace possible. The same challenges will take the successful organizations into the next age of modern industry.

We have often put ourselves in the shoes of our partners. It’s what we use, to be able to provide the best consultancy and to help them choose or develop the most suited solutions.

By doing this, we learned that business partnership-related concerns also touch relational areas. The functional, lucrative, project-focused issues are but one side. The way we communicate is also critical.

When you externalize through a business partnership, the values and skills of your partner always matter in a profound manner. The quality of the communication is important and partly determines the speed of response. The mutual consistency in the interactions coming from both sides makes sure that time will not alter the outcome of the project. Quality partnership rather increase the rate of success. Future ventures may appear and become reachable through a new project with the same partner.

 

The importance of finding the right business partner

We re-read  this HBR article that speaks of the role of the right innovation partner. A major challenge of the current business environment, innovation asks for change.

From the leading-edge tech companies to the smallest startups, all the actors of this complex playing field have to shift. We will all go from older mindsets to a dynamic, out-of-the box approach. The solutions are embedded in the new world we face, but finding them requires a different kind of search.

Now your next partner might be on the other side of the globe. Or it might be of a totally different size you may have imagined a couple of years ago. It’ more like a modular kind of approach, and the blocks vary in size and shape.

It may seem chaotic, but new landmarks appear even as we speak in this environment. Those who become pioneers validate the common points and discard the ones that only mark fugitive stages. But we can all be fast learners and spot the right landmarks right away.

 

What next

At Lasting Software we provide a suite of services and solutions. You are looking for software solutions providers. Meeting supply and demand is now not only a matter of the perfect preconfigured match, it’s also a matter of growing together.

We know our value. By looking back on out track record, we can describe our teams’ experience. Yet we are much more than this, because this type of presentation does not relay the potential. This element can only begin to unfold once the future business partners meet. Sometimes it even expands during the common projects, as we evolve together.

Check out our experience so far in the image attached to this post. But keep in mind that we are eager to evolve. To be there, to meet you at the new industry landmark. Our software solutions are moving forward. We feel prepared for different types of projects, too. Let’s talk about this!

 

To quote the article we mentioned above:

Startups must change their mindset.(…) It means being wise enough to recognize your core strengths, that you can’t be the best at everything, and that there is wisdom and experience outside your company that can get you to an answer far faster than if you were to go it alone.

For corporate giants, a strategic vision for corporate venture investing is critical, not just for innovation, but for a new, better way of doing business. Innovation is inherently risky and unpredictable, but companies can improve their odds by reimagining the entire approach — one with a clear strategy, a dedicated team, a diverse portfolio of unique partnership models, and a strong capability to scale new technologies and business models into the core business.

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