I believe the following is accurate for developing 95% of business applications:

  • People buy software to solve problems, make their lives more comfortable, make money, or provide pleasure (don’t read too much into that =D).
  • Features enable solutions to problems.
  • When we write software, we build features.
  • With the right level of abstraction, there is a standard and finite set of features to be implemented in code.
  • We create applications by tailoring features to solve a user problem.
  • If tailoring features requires writing code, so be it.  But this can be very costly in terms of time and money.
  • It is preferable to tailor features through configuration.

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