All Geek to Me

April 18, 2008

Programming Advice

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 1:03 am

I have some advice to give to would be programmers

Just because your program compiled does not mean that it will work

Running your program once and encountering no errors is not the same as testing it thoroughly

Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live

Just because a command exists in your language of choice does not mean that you are required to use it.

New does not always mean better

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5 Comments »

  1. Have you just hired someone who used to work for Microsoft?

    Comment by @mmonyte — April 18, 2008 @ 10:38 am

  2. Worse – Oracle

    Comment by ilegirl — April 19, 2008 @ 7:32 am

  3. One more to add to your list is to always double a conservative time to completion. I had an employee who did rather the opposite, which was never so good for him or myself.

    Comment by ilegirl — April 19, 2008 @ 7:37 am

  4. ilegirl, isn’t that Mr Scotts’ rule from Star Trek?

    “och eye captain, it’ll take 72 hours to repair the warp engines” (Knowing full well he can do it in 24)

    Comment by @mmonyte — April 19, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

  5. […] the rules of software development, by All Geek to Me (aka BritInLA) I have some advice to give to would be […]

    Pingback by All work and no play … « ilegirl — April 22, 2008 @ 5:40 am


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