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2 years ago

CLAMP Animated Productions - An Opinion

CLAMP Animated Productions - An Opinion

I noticed that CLAMP has been "silent" lately when it comes to anime. Although they are still a name to contend with in the manga industry, it is uncertain if and when there will be another anime adaptation of their works.


To the clueless, CLAMP is a team of female manga artists that has gained international fame for works like Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, Clover, Chobits, and Card Captor Sakura, to name a few. Here are my personal opinions as to why CLAMP is no longer enjoying the same anime industry stardom they used to have and how they will be able to get back on track to satisfy their international fans.


They Should Focus on One Project

What I noticed in CLAMP is that they love to do simultaneous projects regardless of whether it's anime, manga, or artbooks. This type of practice is okay, but they should at least be clear on their priorities. If they have one project running, they should just stick to that before proceeding to the next project. I noticed this 'saddening' pattern of the mangaka group when there was a "connection" story between Tsubasa Chronicles and their other work, xxxHolic. It was sad that the story qualities of these two series did a nosedive because these two could've gotten good endings if only the team didn't do everything in one go.


Lack of Media Attention

CLAMP has become a household name in the manga industry. But ever since the anime project with Production I.G. entitled Blood-C, CLAMP has not been heard of in the media. There isn’t even any news of a possible comeback. The quality of their stories could be the cause of this. If they don’t step up anytime soon, they’re likely to end up just like other art groups out there—only a fond memory of awesome works.

2 years ago

Software Development for Business – Basic Information

Software Development for Business – Basic Information

Technology has advanced so much that it has become almost mandatory for all businesses to have software especially designed to address their needs. As a business owner, you have the option of either hiring an in-house team of computer software developers or outsourcing your software needs to a third-party company. Whichever option you choose, it would be a huge advantage for you to gain a clear understanding of what a software developer is and how he can help your business.


Software Developer vs. Computer Programmer
One of the first things you need to understand when you seek assistance in developing software for your business is that a software developer is different from a computer programmer. Many people fail to recognize the difference between the two, which is why they end up hiring the wrong individual or company for the task at hand. Perhaps the simplest way to define the difference between the two is this: A developer is someone who develops, maintains, and tests software programs whereas a programmer is someone who develops, maintains, and tests codes based on their employer’s or client’s software specifications.


To be successful in their chosen field, a developer should be proficient in the design, requirements, development, maintenance, and testing of software. He also needs the ability to approach software development in a rigorous manner and to master all available methods and tools for software development. A programmer, on the other hand, needs excellent analytical and organizational skills as well as the ability to follow directions, a deep understanding of both software and hardware, and a proficiency in math and science. Programmers may also be required to perform tedious tasks such as reports preparation, so they’ll need team spirit and excellent work ethics.


Another significant difference between the two is that a programmer usually works with a team or individually as someone’s employee whereas developers typically work alone or as the team leader. In developing software for you business operations, therefore, you will need both a programmer and a developer. And whether you choose to hire an in-house team or outsource to a third party, you will have to take some very important factors into consideration.


Qualifications/Certifications – When a developer/programmer is certified, you know he’s a professional who has worked hard to develop his skills. This saves you from having to worry about small coding errors that can render an entire software useless and throw your investment down the drain.


Experience – Each type of software is different, especially if you are planning to develop custom software for your business. But there are general similarities among certain types of software and it helps to hire people who have worked on similar projects before.


Computer Language Training – Make sure the people you hire know the kind of computer language needed to develop the kind of software you need. Someone who knows JavaScript won’t be the best person to hire for a project that requires proficiency in C#.


As long as you keep the above tips in mind, you should be well on your way towards successfully developing software that’ll help your business grow exponentially. Good luck!