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PostSubject: Re: Shit Software Design   Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:00 am

Okay, how is "app" often misused?
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PostSubject: Re: Shit Software Design   Sun Oct 23, 2016 10:32 am

I have seen the terms "driver app" and "system apps" used by supposed technical writers.

Using "app" instead of "program" is just laziness.
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PostSubject: Re: Shit Software Design   Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:19 am

Hmmm, I think you're splitting hairs.
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PostSubject: Re: Shit Software Design   Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:57 am

There is a world of difference between systems programming and applications programming.
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PostSubject: Re: Shit Software Design   Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:35 pm

Which world? Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Shit Software Design   Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:06 pm

The world where people create software.
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PostSubject: Re: Shit Software Design   Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:23 pm

I don't mind the word "app" being used for the items running on your phone. Some of them are applications and some are just web pages. So "app" is fine as a generic term.

Compare software people with mechanics:

The systems software engineer is like the automotive engineer who designs a new eight-speed automatic transmission for a Mercedes.

The applications program designer is like the mechanics who repair, adjust, and sometimes modify the transmission.

The web site creator is like the person who changes the oil in the transmission and airs up the tires.

The app creator is like the guy who sweeps up after the mechanics are done.

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PostSubject: Re: Shit Software Design   Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:50 pm

In my damaged little brain, an "app" is a program that runs on a mobile device. Nothing more, nothing less.
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PostSubject: Re: Shit Software Design   Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:49 pm

Oh. I thought you had been referring to a program on your Mac.
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PostSubject: Re: Shit Software Design   Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:38 pm

You know what else has shit software design?  Obamacare.

The Mrs and I spent the last couple of weeks investigating and signing up for a new insurance plan through the exchange, since her COBRA coverage through work is going skyhigh next month.  They don't make it easy.  There are HUNDREDs of bad software design decisions, from the minor (numerical input fields not defaulting to numerical input) to fairly major (a checkbox on page 14 that asks "Can you read English?", or the inability to save customer data from one plan summary to the next).  After much user frustration from two pretty savvy computer users I think we're registered -- although on going back in this morning to print off the details, it told me "action required" -- and made me confirm what I confirmed last night.  We shall see.

I understand now why consumers think Obamacare is a steaming pile of shit.  Most of it is the UI.
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PostSubject: Re: Shit Software Design   Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:51 pm

Of course Obamacare is a steaming pile of shit. It's a Republican plan which would have been shit if implemented as intended. On top of that, the Republicans, including their partisans on SCOTUS, have spent the last several years sabotaging it at every turn.

The only worse system we've seen so far is what the US had before Obamacare. But don't worry, Trump is going to fix things.
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