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Can a Great Programming Team Fix Bad Code?

Developing custom software can be a peculiar business. That’s because most of our clients know what they want, but don’t have the technical skills needed to evaluate the process that will create it. As a result, they can sometimes find themselves taken in by firms that don’t do quality work. The result is an application that doesn’t function the way it’s supposed to.

The signs of poorly written and design software can show up immediately or after a period of use. There might be crashes, error screens, slowed system performance, or even corrupted data. Once these symptoms appear, a business owner or executive can find themselves scrambling around looking for someone who can repair the problem. That often leads them to ask: can a great programming team fix bad code?

The short answer is “yes,” but there are a few things you should keep in mind…


Fixing Bad Code is a Tedious (but Necessary) Process

Repairing broken pieces of software isn’t always easy. More often than not we have to use specialized software (and good old-fashioned eyeball tests) to dig through millions of lines of coding to get to the heart of the issue. In some cases, it might not be that one section is “wrong,” but that there are inconsistencies, small mistakes, or functions that have been copied from one file or application to another.

Regardless of what some vendors might tell you, this isn’t work that can be finished overnight or completely automated. However, it’s a necessary process to go through if you’re going to end up with a piece of software that works exactly as advertised.


It’s Well Worth the Effort

Because of the time and effort involved, we understand that some business owners or executives would rather forgo this process altogether. They may be tempted to just live with the bad coding they have. However, getting a team of experts to repair software and apps that aren’t working is a good decision and the right investment to make.

When your software isn’t functioning properly it affects productivity throughout your business. It might also impact your ability to effectively measure things like revenue and inventory. Worst of all, an issue with one piece of software could spread to other applications or devices. So, don’t put off the programming work needed to fix the problem any longer than you have to.


It’s Better to Start with Quality Work

It goes without saying that it’s much better to hire a reputable development team from the start than it is to have them audit, analyze, and then repair broken coding. Not only will you save time and money, but clean code is much easier to expand and update than messy pieces of software programming.

It’s always better to be healthy than it is to know a good surgeon, and the same kind of analogy applies to the software you need to run your business. When in doubt, spend a little extra time and money finding a developer you can trust, so you won’t have to deal with bad code later.


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Whether you need custom software written for your company, unique programming of a website, or just a new mobile app for your customers or employees, the Kinetik IT team in Phoenix can help. Contact us today so we can get started on your development project!

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