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Chapter 18. Planning an Application > Getting Started on Your Application

Getting Started on Your Application

When many developers get a new project to work on, their first instinct is usually to start coding right away. It's easy to understand why. Those first few hours or days of coding can be a lot of fun. The “inner geek” in each of us gets a special thrill from sinking our teeth into a new project, watching an application take shape, and carving something unique and useful out of thin air. Plus, there's often a deadline looming, so it seems best to start writing code as soon as humanly possible.

The problem is that even the simplest applications have a way of becoming much more complicated than they seemed at first. Nine times out of ten, if you take the time to plan your application and development process right from the start, you will do a better job in less time. Of course, people say that about almost everything in life. But in Web application development, it really is true.


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