•                    Kyle Walden (kjwalde) IT262 Assignment 1 
  •    The two applications I choice to examine were Dropbox and Gingko app. After a brief test run of both application some noticeable advantages and disadvantages appear. Dropbox is a very simple file sharing program which allows the user to store a file in a folder on their computer, and then share the file via a URL link. Gingko app can be viewed as an online word processing program, allowing multiple people to collaborate on the same file simultaneously. After examining both programs at face value, they seem to be powerful tools, and exemplify where computing and technology are headed in the future.
  •     Dropbox is a very useful tool when it comes to sharing files with other people from a server, while not allowing them access to the rest of your computer’s files, yet this is all of Dropbox’s functionality. During a group project where more than one person needed access to the same file, or a communal storage area for files is required, Dropbox is an effective solution. Even for individual work that needs monitoring or review from management or other stakeholders, Dropbox allows for easy sharing of these files. Students in a programming course could post code files in ordered to collaborate with other students or a professor for assistance or to submit assignment files using a URL instead of having to upload the files to unstable university database. Other courses may benefit from Dropbox by giving students the ability to not only share files with others but also give them a way to access their files anywhere in the world, alleviating the need to carry a physical device like a flash drive. Dropbox biggest advantage and disadvantage go hand in hand. The simplicity of Dropbox makes it accessible to almost anyone, requiring very little computer literacy, yet this also makes the scope of the program very narrow, giving the program limited functionality. Another problem I have run into from my own experience is the difficult to know when the files are up to date. There are no tags to allow users to know when something has changed. This can be solved with communication through other programs yet this can become time consuming. Although this is a problem to me, it is possible that they have identified this issue and have put in place a solution I have yet to find.
  •    Gingko app does a much better job of allowing users to work simultaneously, allowing for a more real time experience while collaborating. Gingko app performs most of the functions people would expect from Word, yet also includes key features in the layout to improve the abilities for multiple users to work at the same time. When you dig a little further into the Gingko app program you start to see multitudes of applications for this program. Individuals no longer need to worry about sending there text files everywhere in order to continue working. They can simply log into the Gingko app and continue working on a different computer. This also solves the issue of different computers not having the same software to read and edit files from other computer, because the software and files hosted on the internet, they can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection. Group projects would get the immediate advantage of being able to work on the same file at the same time. Now that collaborators can work at the same time there is less likelihood of work or revisions being repeated, making the project more efficient. One feature that would be very helpful for group work would be the ability to create schedules. If member’s schedules are continually changing then those updates can be made on the Gingko app and other group members could always have access to an up to date schedule. Programming students could use the application to create class diagrams showing other programmers the intent of the program. If any members had a question on where information will be coming from in a program they can simply look at the communal class diagram for the information and would be able to make changes on the project, if necessary. Other courses might see the same benefits as other applications mentioned above, yet like Dropbox, Gingko app would also relieve the need to carry physical device to transport files.
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