By Zach Holley

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. 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 causing 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 restaurant scheduling software comes together.

You can create a Virtual Machine (VM) of any development environment imaginable, and all of it can run on your desktop. This allows a developer, such as myself, to easily create a testing or development environment for a single project without having to worry about messing something up. In addition, a VM can be easily backed up or cloned without much hassle, allowing a developer to replicate or restore a testing environment in the event of a catastrophe. These benefits resemble those of a good restaurant schedule software, which gives users the ability to save or “clone” a schedule, test the cost of a schedule against and edit schedules without fear of a “catastrophe”, such as losing an entire schedule.

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?