Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th May 2008 15:15 UTC, submitted by Shlomi Fish
Features, Office "Which parameters make software applications high-quality? And which parameters or methods, while desirable, are not directly 'quality'?" This is the question the author of this article asks himself. Most of his 'parameters' make a lot of sense, but be aware that the article is about what makes an open source program high quality, and not programs in general. This important bit is stated in the one-sentence 'abstract'.
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by ShlomiFish on Wed 7th May 2008 08:57 UTC
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Hi all!

Thanks for all the comments. Just a note: while it is true that the focus in the article is on open-source software (FOSS) or similar and so is my viewpoint (being a FOSS user and developer), many of the points I mention make sense for a lot of other types of software. (including web-sites or services).

As for the parameters themselves, they should not be considered as absolute requirements for quality, but rather as a generalised weighting function. By all means, some very good software and even very popular software fails to meet some of my criteria.

There is also some useful (for a change) commentary on the Joel on Software forum:

Now, I'd like to reply to the rest of the comments here.

Best Regards,

-- Shlomi Fish

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