I haven’t been doing much programming in the past month and the idea came to me that there was a program I needed to write for myself. I did this because, like the rest of you, I didn’t already have enough to do. 😉 Even my little task wasn’t safe from scope creep.
A couple days ago, I ran into a problem with some code I was writing. It was almost finished expect for one problem – just one last thing to tackle.
Yesterday, I received a request to write something a little more of a how-to treat your LabWare LIMS regarding outside code. I happened to realize that I already wrote something like that in the past with regard to using SQL commands, which is a popular way to get around the system functions.
Most of you who have purchased a new LIMS or ELN product know that it’s hard to find anyone who will use the word “programming” to you. The programming that’s done is referred to as “configuration” or “scripting” or some other such euphemism. No-one at all will use the word “customization” when they’re selling their product. That has negative connotations and the sales process is not the place for negative connotations but a time of happy stories, dancing through fields of flowers hand-in-hand with your sales rep, and dreaming of the wonderful day (years from now?) when your system will be done with its implementation.
Although I mentioned this just the other day, I want to make a separate post to point-out that our entire industry is still writing too much code, whether for LIMS, ELN or other products.
Once again, I’m writing a blog inspired by a search phrase that brought someone to my blog. Today’s phrase is: “in if statement, can we calculate”.
As I occasionally do, I saw a number of search phrases that brought people to this blog and decided to make a post based on them. Lately, the most popular terms seem to be consultants trying to figure out if they can get out of their contracts and customers wondering if their consultants are going to try to get out of their contracts. Wow! Lots of unhappy situations, I guess! But since I’ve blogged several times on that topic, recently, instead, I’m going to pick this one “using the if statement for calculations in lims programming” which applies regardless the product because an IF statement is an IF statement.
Once again, I’ve seen search terms that found my blog that have inspired me to write a post to address the issue. Today, the terms are “how to ensure continuity of the project if consultant quit.” As it turns out, it’s not uncommon for customers to hire me to step-in for someone who is no longer available.