Chapter 18. Planning an Application

Getting Started on Your Application

When many developers get a new project to work on, their first instinct is usually to start coding right away. It's easy to understand why. Those first few hours or days of coding can be a lot of fun. The “inner geek” in each of us gets a special thrill from sinking our teeth into a new project, watching an application take shape, and carving something unique and useful out of thin air. Plus, there's often a deadline looming, so it seems best to start writing code as soon as humanly possible.

The problem is that even the simplest applications have a way of becoming much more ...

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