Similar to the stress a manager feels when building an employee work schedule, creating content in a single development environment can be a bit terrifying for any developer with several projects happening at once. Here are a few reasons to use a virtual environment for testing:
Using a virtual environment protects your other tools and systems
Software doesn’t always play nicely with other software, just like a traditional handwritten schedule doesn’t always fit the needs of your business. Of course, during the testing phase of software, there is always the possibility of failure. A simple mistake can cause your environment to fail and damage all of your other projects, which is similar to the damage a company faces with an ineffective schedule. That’s where the wonderful worlds of the virtual environment and online restaurant scheduling software come together.
You can create a Virtual Machine (VM) of any development environment imaginable, and it can run on your desktop. A developer, such as myself, can then easily create a testing environment for a single project without worry. In addition, a VM can be backed up without much hassle, allowing for a restore if something goes wrong.
These benefits of a virtual environment resemble those of a good restaurant schedule software. A good schedule gives users the ability to:
- save or “clone” a schedule
- test the cost of a schedule against a baseline or other metrics
- edit schedules without fear of a “catastrophe”, such as losing an entire schedule
Portability and peace of mind
One of the most helpful features that intrigues me about a VM is its portability; it can move a development environment or share it with a multitude of developers with ease. This feature is particularly useful when working with a developer at a different location because it allows several developers to test the same aspect of a project simultaneously without having to fight over who gets to use the environment. Again, this is similar to a good restaurant schedule software, which will give its users access to schedules through a mobile app.
The powerful functionality and flexibility offered by a virtual environment is incredibly useful for any developer. It allows a developer to experiment setting up a Linux file server, develop integration software, and test a time clock software all from one computer. My favorite part of the entire virtual environment concept is the ability to share environments with my fellow developers. Does your restaurant schedule software satisfy your needs and make your life easier?
Authored by Zach Holley