There are services today made possible through technology that simply weren’t possible until recent times. Did you know you can have a photo of your pet turned into a photorealistic painting and sent to you cost-effectively, and quickly? Now imagine if your business developed an app that provided a service like that.
Before, if you wanted a portrait done you’d have to find a portrait artist, schedule a date, and get your animal to sit still for the hours it would take for the painting to be made. Getting a photo before smartphones would itself be a bit of a hassle. These days, you just snap a picture, swipe your screen, and get the painting in the mail.
Or how about this for an app idea: something which helps appraise tourists what things to do on a jaunt to Hawaii. It doesn’t need to create content, it just needs to use algorithms which source content, and make it available to those who have a given application.
Use of algorithms is key, but if you made something like that for your business, you would additionally have to maintain it, as scalability, human error, technology conflict, and a host of other things would necessarily cause glitches.
A Matter Of “When” Not “If”
Especially when your application does something unique, there are going to be times when it won’t function properly. In order to keep it working you’ll need to have log options which indicate when something causes an app to work improperly. It’s been said before, and it’s worth saying again: it’s not a matter of “if”, it’s a matter of “when”.
Applications for mobile devices and other internet enabled tech aren’t alone in this. Anything that’s software derived is going to be inaccurate initially. This is why virtually all big-ticket software applications, from games to operating systems, first launch with a “beta” that is tested in real time as users put it through its paces.
Sometimes beta testing will last a year or more, because there are so many different exigencies which must be ironed out before a product is truly mainstreamed. The thing is, that’s a lot of time to wait for something to be in its final stages.
The beta fixes the problem by allowing the software utility to be put to use while it is being optimized for maximum functionality. It’s the best of both worlds. You get clients, and at the same time you’re able to use them to help you figure out where weaknesses lie. One of the best ways to figure that out is through the aforementioned logging technique.
The C# Solution
C# is an interface solution which can help you determine what’s gone right or wrong via logging. It’s a straightforward enough program, but there are some tips which are worth considering. If you don’t use resources available, you’ll likely spend a lot of time spinning your wheels unnecessarily.
According to Stackify.com, when it comes to C# logging, “There are several logging frameworks and libraries out there, and most developers use one or more of them every day.”
Using these kinds of logging and frameworks to inform your practices will save you quite a bit of time and effort. As the saying goes, time is money, and you want to conserve as much of it as humanly possible.
All that being said, so long as you stay on top of your application, you’ll be able to put out fires before they become a compromise to operations. You’re going to have to fix problems anyway, you might as well do it by following a trail which has already been blazed.