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Developing Information Systems: Practical guidance for IT professionals by Pete Thompson, Debra Paul, Alan Paul, Lynda Girvan, Julian Cox, Tahir Ahmed, James Cadle

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6      PROGRAMMING AND DEVELOPMENT APPROACHES

Peter Thompson

CONTENTS OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • approaches to development introduced;
  • build or buy – bespoke development versus commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS);
  • component-based development;
  • development methodologies;
  • software engineering paradigms;
  • the influence of technological advances;
  • references and further reading.

APPROACHES TO DEVELOPMENT

Using the term ‘systems development’ today seems somewhat limiting because, in practice, very few systems are actually developed from the ground up. Perhaps a better term would be ‘systems assembly’ (akin to car assembly, as distinct from car manufacture), or maybe even ‘solution development’. The issue here is that the ...

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