Software Development

Software development encompasses a large body of application types. Software can take the form of Web Applications, Mobile, Apps, Websites, and many others. We can help you choose the right type for your business needs.

St. Louis Software Development

Requirements

The requirements portion of the software development process is the foundation that all others are built on. The gathering of requirements is paramount to developing a successful software product.

We find it advantageous when working with customers to gather points of view from several people in your organization that may use or have input on your application and how it's supposed to work. We take this information and help you prioritize what is necessary for a minimum viable product.

Design

After we've gathered the requirements and firmed up what features are needed, we create storyboards that illustrate how your application will work.

Once we've come to a consensus on the overall design of your product, we'll put together a cost estimate and timeline.

Development

At TJC Labs, we develop software using an N-Tier layered architecture. By layering the architecture, we can break down the solution into small bite-size pieces. Bite-size pieces are easier to maintain than large monolithic ones.

These layers generally break down as follows:

  • Presentation Layer - This layer is the one users of your program interact with and includes the screens, buttons, & text boxes, that display and receive input. An excellent presentation layer should not only look good but also be easy for a user to figure out.
  • Application Layer - This layer, also called the API, helps address the uses cases of your project's domain. Constructs called controllers are the main focus of this layer and generally form a one-to-one relationship with the screens in the presentation layer.
  • Domain Layer – This layer contains all the special logic, rules, and formulas that are the core of what your application is all about. We employ a process called Domain Driven Design which starts with this layer and spirals outward.
  • Infrastructure Layer – This layer often composes several sub-layers which are devoted to saving & retrieving data, generating reports, logging errors, as well as other functions.

We practice SOLID principles, which are methodologies for keeping software code legible, maintainable, and helps make it less prone to bugs.

Did we mention tests? We build automated tests for your product so as it goes forward in development if one part of the system changes, it doesn’t have negative effects on other parts of the system.

Feature Tracking

How do we keep track of all of this stuff? We use a Project Management System called Jira which helps us create tickets for features, tasks, and fixes.

We also utilize something called version control which helps us keep track of how your software changes with time. Most projects often contain thousands or even millions of lines of code, being able to track these changes are pivotal to keeping a project on track as well as helping to reduce errors.

Delivery

The delivery of alpha, beta, and finally, production builds of your software are key to customer satisfaction and software success.

We deliver alpha builds to customers which are basically like a rough draft of your product. Things like new features and updates all go through this process. Once you test the alpha, we get your feedback and can go on to the next step.

Beta builds have undergone more scrutiny and testing and have had the benefit of customer feedback from the alpha builds. In this build, we get your final input before going live and sending it to production.

At the production build we add everything we've learned from the alpha and beta builds to the code and deploy it for everyone to use. Then we rinse, repeat, and begin the cycle again!

Check out our Customer Projects to see what we’ve done for some our St. Louis and Illinois based software customers!

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