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Five things to remember when trying to change a company
One of the recurring things I've seen at companies large and small is that they often have really great people who don't necessarily have the breadth of experience to push processes in the "right" direction. It's happening a lot less in software circles...
Everyone else is doing it (incorrectly)!
[This is actually a repost from my personal blog, but I think the technical audience might “dig” it as well.] Innovation is hard. You can definitely foster it, but you can't really force it. It's completely fascinating when people innovate in a massively...
The business of assumptions and up front design is an inefficient way to build software
This is actually a re-post from my personal blog . I'll make the usual disclaimer here that I'm not calling out anyone specifically, whether it be at Microsoft or elsewhere. It's just a topic that I feel very strongly about. I have to admit that I've...
This isn’t the process you’re looking for
There was a fairly awesome pissing match between “Uncle” Bob Martin and, well, everyone, on Twitter today. Twitter isn’t a great venue for this kind of thing, because it’s hard to read and hard to make a solid point, but basically Bob suggested that you...
Coding rules, self-debate and formatting a string in your view
I was thinking to myself about how I wanted to format dates in a particular project recently. I said, "Self, is it wrong to use an extension method inside a view to do this?" I was clearly distracted with something else, so I didn't answer, but then The...
I just can't test it all
So here's the thing about test-driven development. I think it's awesome because it forces me to be more focused in my design and I know when I break something if I have to revisit it. But I suck at it. I test too much or too little. Sometimes I write...
Iterate, dammit!
In my relatively short career in software development (which is still like 50 years in Internet time), I've been exposed to a wide range of development methodologies, project management and general dev culture. The easy trap to fall into is trying to...
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