Website Maintainability

Website Maintainability

13 May 2016 | Jeremy Morris

When developing a website one aspect that should not be overlooked is the ease of maintenance of that website. There are always bound to be design changes, bug fixes and display issues that arise at some point. The time taken to fix these issues often has some relation to the already existing codebase.

While studying at university I went to see a guest speaker who said as soon as you write a line of code, that line becomes legacy code and will probably need to be maintained. It is an interesting idea and really drives the point to write clean maintainable code.

Over the years of developers have come up with a variety of systems, models and technologies to solve this issue.

At Fastrack we use industry best practises. This leads to being able to efficiently find the source of the issue and often reduces the time taken to fix it even if another team member wrote that code.

A simple and non technical example would be in the case if a design element is used in various places throughout the site. Instead of duplicating that code everywhere it is used, write it once and use that as the single, unambiguous source of that element. This means if that element needs maintenance there is only one source to track down, edit and test.

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About Jeremy Morris

Jeremy Morris is the Front End Developer at Fastrack Group. He joined the company after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design, following a Masters in Information Technology. His fresh take on IT and design carries him as an invaluable member of the Fastrack team, working with a vast range of clients every day. If you catch him in his spare time, you’ll find Jeremy is a keen fisherman around the Sunshine Coast.

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