Web application development companies
By Bernard Kohan
When it comes to coding a web application, quality is of the upmost importance.
Watch out for sloppy programmers
It is important to know that not all programmer know how to write code properly . . . and not all programmers follow the same coding standards and guidelines.
Some inexperienced programmers will write sloppy and disorganized code without any consideration for future growth. This also makes it very difficult for other programmers to work on the project.
In most professions when the consumers' health and rights are on the line, there are regulations in place and licenses required from a government agency to allow a person or company to conduct business. Unfortunately, in the programming world, anyone with some coding knowledge can start his/her development company or become an independent contractor without any required license.
In addition to sloppy coding practices, there are many off-shore web development companies and independent web developers who may not follow the same ethical standards that a US based business must legally follow.
An impressive degree doesn't always equate to quality programming skills.
If someone has a Masters degree, that does not mean he/she is a great programmer. Someone can be book smart but does not know how to code properly. I have seen programmers with Bachelors and Masters degrees in programming that cannot keep up with today's new and complex programming world.
Look for clean, consistently written code.
Two programmers can accomplish the same result, one writing 10 lines of code and one only 3 lines of code.
An SQL Query can be written so poorly that after five concurrent database connections, the SQL server software or server's CPU can come to a halt. A good database programmer can write an SQL Query that produces the same SQL result and the server can handle 100 concurrent database connections without any server issues.
It is true that there is always going to be a learning curve for one programmer to study and become familiar with another programmer's code, but if the code is clean and consistent, comments are used and some basic coding guidelines and structure are in place, there shouldn't be any issues for another experienced programmer to be able to jump in and edit and extend a well constructed and structured web application.