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Project Overview

Since Simpleton already maintains a broad client base, it is imperative that clients have an easily accessible, user-friendly means of communication via email. FlashFusion has been hired to develop a unique, Web-based email client that mirrors some of the leading email software on the market today. The initial thought is to introduce Simpleton's clients to the Web and provide an interface that is similar to leading desktop email software. Simpleton understands the power of Web-based email systems, and its goal is to build an application that is user-friendly without having the look and feel of a basic Web program. FlashFusion is responsible for outlining the development process and demonstrating how application logic can be separated from the display (graphic elements).

By creating modular code and graphics, Simpleton will be able to develop applications in a timely manner and cut down on the overhead it takes to maintain them. This will save the company time, money, and frustration because it won't have to reinvent the wheel each time a redundant task is required.

The Simpleton CEO sent an internal memo to the development group to inform it of what will happen during the application-development process. Details follow.

The Simpleton executives met with FlashFusion lead developers on Monday to discuss initial goals and what to expect during the development process. Simpleton representatives stressed some major concerns regarding server and application requirements. They also stressed the need for the application to be delivered in a timely manner.

Figure III-1.1. The Application Development Process.


Overall, the process is straightforward and simple enough to follow. Implementing any such process will keep the development group on the same page. This will provide a means for developers to work in conjunction with each other. Each step of the process is extremely important and considered a prerequisite for the next. The project-overview phase is complete, and it's time to move on to the research and development phase.

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