Programming in the small

David B. Gersten, Steve G. Langer

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Academic medical centers, in general, and radiation oncology research, in particular, rely heavily on custom software tools and applications. The code development is typically the responsibility of a single individual or at most a small team. Often these individuals are not professional programmers but physicists, students, and physicians. While they possess domain expertise and algorithm knowledge, they often are not fully aware of general "safe coding" practices-nor do they need the full complexity familiar in large commercial software projects to succeed. Rather, some simple guidelines we refer to as "programming in the small" can be used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-150
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Digital Imaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • Quality assurance
  • medical informatics applications
  • software design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Science Applications


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