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Green Coding – Best practices to ensure reduced costs, carbon footprint and energy usage

What is meant by Green Coding?

Having efficient systems and well written code is a must, as there will be many benefits delivered.

IT application systems that have data entry screens (where you would input values) or reports used by its customers/employees will be written using a coding language.

Whether it’s the IT Development or IT Support team, both will regularly need to look at the code.  The impact of having code not well written for the systems will cause many problems for the organisation in the long-term.

The systems developed must always be supportable and easy to maintain, especially when the Developer/IT Support employee is not in, has left, is no longer working on that project, etc.

The code always remains the intellectual property of the organisation. It must be documented well, structured and easy to maintain.

  • How many IT systems do you have which require knowledge of the current VAT percentage? This does change.
  • How are calculations made? For example, calculating the energy usage?
  • How many business processes require knowing when bank holidays/holidays are?
  • How are names stored (first name, surname)? The surname and marital status can change.

I’ve decided to keep the questioning short in this blog post.

Hopefully, the diagram below will illustrate some best coding practices, to ensure there is Greener Coding.

 

NO. WEBSITE LINK DESCRIPTION
1. https://triptaprashar.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/business-at-risk-from-mountains-of-unstructured-data/ Previous Blog Post on ‘Business at risk from mountains of unstructured data’ – written  19 August 2011
2. https://triptaprashar.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/whether-you-store-files-locally-on-the-server-or-up-in-the-cloud-it-is-important-to-structure-well/ Previous Blog Post on ‘The importance of structuring’ – written 19 July 2010
3. http://www.givingtimeandsolutions.com Giving Time and Solutions Ltd

 

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 22 September 2011 6.00pm

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