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5. The Admin Application Problem

Paul Michaels1  
Derbyshire, UK

One of the biggest problems that software engineers and architects face during their day-to-day work is deciding when something is done. In the past, I’ve worked on both large and small-scale software systems that we would produce and then sell on to customers; but the questions that we’d get from customers, be they internal or external, were always of the same vein: “Can you just add x?” or “Can we change y?” Often, it’s cost prohibitive as a software vendor to make minor changes for individual customers; imagine a situation where you could contact Microsoft and ask them to ...

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