What Makes Software High-Quality?

Posted by shlomif on Jun 6, 2008 2:05 AM EDT
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Which parameters make software applications high-quality? And which parameters or methods, while desirable, are not directly "quality"? This article, inspired by someone else's post, aims to answer this question.

That's the second revision of the article, which is written from the point of view of a developer (and user) of open-source software, but which has more universal implications.

From the article:

Why is high quality in software important? Low-quality software applications will require the users or end-developers to work around their bugs and limitations, write a lot of extra functionality themselves, and as a result, duplicate a lot of effort and cause a lot of frustration and unhappiness. This is assuming they don't give up on it soon or right away, and end up looking for something else.

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