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Software Quality During Implementation, How Can It Be Achieved?

Software Quality During Implementation, How Can It Be Achieved? Software quality is not something you can introduce to a system during the final moments before a release, nor should it be something to sacrifice simply to increase the speed of development. Rather it should be given consideration at each and every point of the development lifecycle, from inception to implementation, and treated with a certain degree of priority. Achieving high quality software doesn’t have to be complicated, and it certainly doesn’t have to be time consuming. During the implementation stage alone, you can find plenty of simple development [...]

By |April 29th, 2019|Articles, Blog Posts|

The Who’s Who of Software Requirement Generation and Maintenance

The Who's Who of Software Requirement Generation and Maintenance If you were to cast your mind all the way back to last November, you may recall that we published an article advising on how to write software requirement specifications. This month we have decided to once again delve into the realm of requirements, and share our thoughts on who we believe the task of generating and managing requirements should fall to. When you take a minute to think about the process as a whole, it is unlikely that such a crucial task would be just [...]

By |March 19th, 2019|Articles, Blog Posts|

National Apprenticeship Week @ Zircon: The Daily Life Of An Apprentice

National Apprenticeship Week @ Zircon: A Typical Day In The Office As 2019's  National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, so too does the Apprentice Blog Takeover. However. whilst the takeover may nearly be over, this won't be the last you hear from our apprentices. Keep your eyes trained on the Zircon blog and you may just spot an article or two pop up every now and then. For the final edition of the Apprentice Blog Takeover, Chris, who has completed his apprenticeship and is now a permanent member of our development team, shares his [...]

By |March 8th, 2019|Blog Posts, Company News|

National Apprenticeship Week @ Zircon: Why I Chose An Apprenticeship

National Apprenticeship Week @ Zircon: Why I Chose An Apprenticeship 2019's National Apprenticeship Week is now well underway, and here at Zircon, we are keeping up with our promise to open up our blog as a space for our apprentices to reach out to those considering an apprenticeship in order to share their personal experiences and advice. For today's edition of the Apprentice Blog Takeover, Dan, who has been working towards his degree in Software Engineering as an apprentice at Zircon, has decided to share the biggest factor that prompted him to take on an [...]

By |March 7th, 2019|Blog Posts, Company News|

National Apprenticeship Week @ Zircon: What I Enjoy Most About Being an Apprentice

National Apprenticeship Week @ Zircon: What I Enjoy Most About Being An Apprentice As you may have seen from yesterdays post, for the remainder of this year's National Apprenticeship week we have handed our blog over to our apprentices, so that they may share their experiences and advice to those considering apprenticeships as a route into software development. In today's edition of the Apprentice Blog Takeover, Spencer, who has been an apprentice at Zircon for almost two years, shares what he enjoys most about his role. I am in the [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Blog Posts, Company News|

National Apprenticeship Week @ Zircon: Advice from an Apprentice

National Apprenticeship Week @ Zircon: Advice From An Apprentice As you may know, yesterday marked the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, a celebration that shines the spotlight on apprentices all over the country. Here at Zircon, we feel very passionately about the value that apprenticships can offer, and we are incredibly proud of all our apprentices and all that they have achieved here with us. This is why for the rest of this week, our blog will become a stage for them to share their experiences and advice with the apprentices of the future. [...]

By |March 5th, 2019|Blog Posts, Company News|

Need A New Methodology? – Have You Considered …

Need A New Methodology? – Have You Considered … If there is one topic that you can guarantee will divide the opinions of software developers, it is development methodologies. No matter where you look there will always be a number of individuals that feel so strongly about their preferred methodology that they are unwilling to consider an alternative. Unfortunately having such a limited mindset can end up becoming a hindrance. As although each methodology shares the same purpose, to define the structure and aid the planning and control of the development process, they vary in [...]

By |February 28th, 2019|Articles, Blog Posts|

Defining Industry Standards for IoT in Industrial Automation

Defining Industry Standards for IoT in Industrial Automation What is IOT? In theory, the Internet of Things, or IoT, is a fairly simple concept; connect as many devices as possible to the internet to make “things” smarter. However, the definition of IoT can vary depending on the industry a device is being developed for. In fact, it was stated in a publication by the US government, that there was “no consensus among commenters on a formal definition of IoT, or even on whether a common definition would be useful”. For example, some developers may [...]

By |February 26th, 2019|Articles, Blog Posts|

In the Beginning

In the Beginning Zircon is an up and coming company that, much like the software and technologies that we work with on a daily basis, is continuing to grow and expand with each passing year. However, sometimes in order to keep moving forward, you need to look back. So this month, we plan on doing just that. The idea of capturing and preserving images has fascinated the human race for centuries. In the beginning, there were Greek and Chinese philosophers pontificating about the basic principles of optics and the camera. Jump forward a thousand years [...]

By |January 29th, 2019|Articles|

End of Year

End of Year With the end of 2018 drawing closer, it is an opportunity to reflect upon all that has happened this year and look forward to what 2019 will bring. This year has been a strong year for Zircon, as we continue to grow both in our customer base and our staff numbers. During that time we have continued with our primary goal which is to help our clients deliver and maintain their software products. Those products have varied enormously, ranging from Embedded Safety critical devices, PC based Control Centre systems, Web based structural [...]

By |December 21st, 2018|Blog Posts, Company News|

“When All Through the House Not a Creature Was Stirring, Not Even a Mouse”

“When All Through the House Not a Creature Was Stirring, Not Even a Mouse” Source: http://www.dougengelbart.org/images/pix/img0022.jpg “The Mother of All Demos” is celebrating its 50th anniversary. So why was “A Research Centre for Augmenting Human Intellect” deemed worthy of a more grand title? It all began with a man who had a vision. The man’s name Douglas Engelbart. The vision, to free computing from merely being about number crunching, elevating it to become a tool used for communication and information retrieval. Understandably, at the time his peers believed him a “Crackpot” who was living [...]

By |December 17th, 2018|Blog Posts|

Struggling To Write A Requirements Specifications? – Top 10 Things To Think About

Struggling To Write A Requirements Specifications? – Top 10 Things To Think About If you cast your minds back to May this year, you may recall that we published an article looking into the reasons why having your requirements detailed in a Requirements Spec is so important. This month we thought that we would revisit this theme to look at some top tips on how to maintain quality and write requirements that are a dream to work with. After all as the saying goes if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. 1. [...]

By |November 30th, 2018|Articles, Blog Posts|

Developing A New Web-Based System? Have You Considered

Developing A New Web-Based System? Have You Considered Over the last couple of months, we have been taking a closer look at the different types of development environment, and outlining the different areas that should always be considered when starting out on a new development project. As things stand we have ruminated on the consideration points for both embedded and desktop application developments, so we thought that we would bring these thoughts to a close with a little investigation into the realm of Web-Based systems. How will you maintain security? In [...]

By |October 25th, 2018|Articles, Blog Posts|

It Doesn’t Have To Be A Man’s World.

It Doesn't Have To Be A Man's World. Hi, I’m Leanne and I have been a Software Engineer with Zircon for 6 years. People are often a bit surprised when they ask me what I do, as in such a male-dominated field I suppose I’m a bit of a rarity. I often get asked what made me choose this career and what it’s like. I normally brush this aside, preferring to not treat it as a big deal (it isn’t a big deal). But, with so many recent initiatives aimed at engaging women in science and engineering, I’d [...]

By |October 12th, 2018|Blog Posts|

Developing A New Embedded System? Have You Considered…

Developing A New Embedded System? Have You Considered… As we mentioned in last month’s article on the points to consider when developing new desktop applications, it can be easy to overlook important elements in the moderate chaos that is a new application development. This month we thought it would be interesting to continue on with this theme, and try to put together some consideration guidelines for embedded system developments. Take the time to build or save time and buy? This is quite the debate in the world of embedded system design, [...]

By |September 28th, 2018|Articles, Blog Posts|