What Doesn’t Kill You…

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much effort you pour into your projects; there will always be someone trying to rain on your parade. This was the experience here at Software Planet Group when totally out of the blue, in a New York pizzeria-style move of underhanded, mafia-like rivalry, our client was hacked by their long-time greatest competitor.

The victims in question were Ted and Marie Giouzelis, proud owners of The Lunchmaster, a school meal delivery solution.

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Avoiding Ambiguity

Last October, Prime Minister Theresa May caused quite a stir in Parliament when she bravely announced to the world that her Brexit deal was “95 percent complete.” The widespread confusion, however, was wholly understandable. After all, with two years of negotiations behind her, what exactly did that mean? To anyone but her cabinet ministers and EU negotiators, of course, it was simply impossible to know.

The same, however, could easily take place in software development. If we told you that your project was 99 percent complete, however would you know that that pesky last percentage point wouldn’t take twice as long to finalise as the other 99 together? Again, an impossibility. For this reason, in order to avoid all potential ambiguity, Software Planet Group will always steer clear of percentages. Instead, we make use of hours, velocity and complexity points.

For more information, please contact our support team.

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Project Kiosk: Food Delivery Made Easy

If you own a takeaway or are a restauranter, then you will certainly know what it’s like to be on the lookout for a software solution. After all, in this day and age, without an adequate online presence, it is really do or die!

Thankfully, Software Planet Group have extensive experience in the food service industry, from helping schools to deliver hot lunches to assisting businesses with their staff’s snack stock. Yet for today’s blog post, we would like to spend some time solely focusing on the latter.

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Why We Work with Full-Stack Developers

The “one expert per technology” mindset is as culturally pervasive as it is clearly detrimental, yet its origin is actually understandable. After all, if you have a heart condition, you go see a cardiologist, if your child has a high fever, you’ll likely take him to the paediatrician. General practitioners, on the other hand, are not typically afforded the credit they deserve.

Much in the same way, when it comes to full-stack developers, a lingering myth exists that they are somehow less capable than other software engineers.

For this reason, today we would like to compare narrow expertise and full-stack capabilities and explain why we at Software Planet are significantly more partial to the latter.

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Oracle JDK: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

With the news that Oracle have now changed their Java licensing terms and should no longer be providing updates of the ubiquitous SE 8, understandably, a lot of people have begun to wonder what all of this will mean for the future of their businesses.

So to help clear away the prevailing current confusion, in this article, Software Planet Group would like to put forward some critical guiding insight.

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Gamify Your Workplace

While Emily Blunt may have been positively enchanting portraying everyone’s favourite nanny on the big screen last year, who can forget Julie Andrews’ classic words from the 1964 original:

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and – SNAP – the job’s a game!”

In that very short sentence, Mary Poppins was able to convey a powerful message of work engagement that as is typical with rebellious children, would go on to be ignored for decades to come. In fact, only now is the true hidden wisdom behind those words being rediscovered today.

This is thanks to gamification.

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Our Annual Intermission

Just like every good knife must occasionally be sharpened, from time to time, developers too must also refresh their talents. This is why every year (at the end of May or beginning of June) our services are temporarily suspended to enable Software Planet to treat staff and employees to a week-long getaway of team building and bonding activities.

During this time period, which actually coincides with our company’s anniversary, it is important to be aware that we will only be available for critical support requests — which of course isn’t to say that our customers don’t stand to gain!

After all, first and foremost, this event is all about facilitating communication and strengthening corporate culture through dynamism and creativity.

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Are Desktop Applications Dead?

For years now, speculation on the eventual demise of the trusty personal computer has been going rife and rampant, yet as far-fetched as these predictions may initially appear to be, when one honestly takes the time to consider their individual habits, the arguments do hold a remarkable amount of water.

After all, outside of the work environment, when was the last time that you actually sat down in order to use a laptop or your standard desktop computer? To many of our readers, it most certainly will have been a while.

Naturally, therefore, the situation spills over onto our desktop applications as well. Microsoft Word is facing fierce competition from Google Docs, online applications such as Mint and Personal Capital have already given Quicken a most serious run for its money, and even grade-A programs like Photoshop and InDesign are starting to have their reigns threatened by formidable web contenders.

Consequently, desktop technologies are effectively on the back burner, yet this, as one would expect, is a dangerous path to follow, and some of the cracks are already beginning to show.

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How Much Does It Cost to Build a Binance-Like Crypto Exchange?

Just as the name suggests, a cryptocurrency exchange is a business, online or otherwise, allowing its customers to trade digital as well as traditional fiat currencies. In recent months, starting up this type of company has increasingly become more enticing, as despite the market’s volatility, companies such as Binance have been making good profit, and prominent exchanges like the Tokyo-based Binance are publicly benefiting from extraordinary amounts of success.

Yet replicating such an achievement is not without its challenges, as important security issues must always be borne in mind.

Nevertheless, by understanding the right components and developing a thorough game plan, you can build a successful crypto exchange both iteratively and inexpensively.

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Are Copywriters and UX Writers One and the Same?

Though explaining what copywriting is may at times prove challenging in itself — you’d be surprised by how often writers are asked if it has anything to do with an ad about stealing cars — with the recent introduction of UX writers into the scene, making sense of these roles has increasingly become more problematic.

Nevertheless, today, Software Planet would like to shed some light onto the many differences between these important positions, and discover whether or not a single individual at your company may successfully be able to fulfil both roles.

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