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Native Windows Development Clean Code Has A Dirty Secret

Native Windows Development Clean Code Has A Dirty Secret

There are many benefits of using clean code for native windows development, but increased productivity might be the most important. A productive development tool will save developers time and effort. Moreover, it will also minimize system downtime and customer frustration due to lower error counts. But clean code has a dirty secret.

In an interesting article on TechCrunch, “Why productivity gains will define success for developers this decade,” the writer describes developers’ productivity as the number one reason for the success or failure of any native windows development tool. Let us review some key points from this article and the resulting insights.

What is common between Schrödinger’s cat and Moore’s law?

There should be no link between these diverse concepts, but it is interesting to observe that both Schrödinger’s cat and Moore’s law are dead and alive simultaneously. what-is-common-between-schrodingers-cat-and-moores-law-22041280

Moore’s law is alive because RAW CPU speed doubles every 18 months, but it is dead because end users’ software performance is slower and slower.

If the complexity of the original problem is not doubling every 18 months, then who is killing Moore’s law?

The biggest reason behind this sluggishness is bloated software. For example, a 6KB webpage of yesterday is well over 6MB containing all kinds of files, cookies, and JavaScript libraries ironically called “assets.”

First-generation programmers knew bigger was not better, but careless design and relentless resources usage are prevalent today and, in many cases, those early lessons have been unlearned. Development tools like Electron are an obvious example of such methodology, requiring thousands of files and gigabytes of memory to perform a simple task.

Everyone hates bloatware, but who creates them?

Apart from the deliberately created bloatware, there is only one reason for this much bloatware to exist: Bloated development tools make bloated software.everyone-hates-bloatware-but-who-creates-them-22041280

In the article, under the title, is the bloat sustainable we read that there has been an excessive growth in development tools in the last decade. We came a long way from pseudo-intelligent functionality generators to projects like GitHub’s CoPilot. Although AI-assisted coding is in its initial stages, the future looks promising. But all these tools assisting developers also means that programming is much more complex than in the past.

We have come a long way from a simple product catalog to today’s complex shopping apps. Unfortunately, all this development has unwanted side effects. Thus many development systems and shippable code are becoming more and more bloated with every new version. If we do not choose our development IDE carefully, we will be part of the problem.

How to find the right native windows development tool?

The solution to the above problem is very simple. As most bloatware results from bad design and poor development tools, we can move towards the best available. Embarcadero’s RAD Studio is the top development tool to increase the developer’s productivity and is also very tight on quality control. Everything is available for the developers, but the generated output will only contain the minimum code needed for the required functionality. This optimized solution is excellent for performance and productivity and requires easier shipment and reduced maintenance costs.

What is the meaning of productivity?

This article raised another thought-provoking point under the title: What does productivity mean in software development?

what-is-the-meaning-of-productivity-22041280Traditionally, most People think that free software is excellent because it saves money. But the financial outlay, the actual purchase price paid to someone, of the software development tool is only a minor part of its life cycle expenditures. The hardware, wages, maintenance, upgrading, debugging, and documentation are the actual costs involved. This revelation means choosing free software instead of paid ones is not a wise cost reduction method.

Why is Free-Software actually not free?

Free is one of the most used clickbait words, and if you add “Open Source” to it, you might have a recipe for a decade-long nightmare. Issues include hidden costs, lack of support, poor documentation, security risks, compatibility challenges, more accessible competitions, and sometimes abandoned projects.

Sure, you can enjoy free software, and if the developers leave it, you can also discard it. But, can you do the same with your development tool? Thousands of customers might be depending on your software, and you are relying on others developing your programming tools in their spare time. Is it wise to be non-professional here?

Why is access to source code not sufficient?

Even access to source code is not sufficient. Suppose a car manufacturer hands you all the diagrams, blueprints, and tools. Will you be able to run it successfully? Can you derive a sub car from the original, or can you even repair it? Having source code is insufficient; you must possess all the knowledge and expertise to master it.

Yes, there are some successful open source projects, but don’t forget the internet is also a giant graveyard of abandoned free and open-source projects. If your master plan is a HOPE that the original author will not leave, it is not a solid foundation for your business.

Is your IDE virus-free?

Just think for a moment that our development tool has a virus, and every software we generate with that IDE will contain that virus. Would we be easy and happy with developing software on that IDE? Can we ship its output to our customers?

If the above scenario is not okay for us, how can we be happy with bloatware production mills, aka cross-platform JavaScript tools? We have to replace Junk Code with True NATIVE Code generating solutions for our benefits and customers.

Why writing less code is key to success?

Moving ahead under the title Does writing less code create better software? We read that less code is always a better route to success. Because there are fewer typing, debugging, searching, replacements. Also, understanding one page of code is much easier than 5000 lines of code. Moreover, less code is easier to test and easier to maintain.why-writing-less-code-is-key-to-success-22041280

Reaping all of these benefits is only possible through toolchains like Embarcadero’s RAD Studio (a combination of Delphi and C++ Builder). Using its plug-and-play components architecture and low code wizard, you can get many functionalities ready without writing a single line of code. It’s a Developer’s productivity dream machine, and after using it, one can easily understand that writing less code is the best route to success.

Are you ready for an intellectual journey to productivity?

Due to several factors, the complexity of software development is increasing by the day. Combining everything under the sun in a single package and parceling it to the customer is, at best, bloatware development. For slim and lean software development, you need innovative tools.

The best method to increase productivity is to make development tools easy and elegant for developers. Then developers will code the best possible minimum solution for the end-users. Embarcadero RAD Studio is the number one native Windows development tool for high productivity. It is also bloat-free, so end customers will only have what is needed and not an extra byte. Download your copy of Delphi RAD Studio now.


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