September 2016

More Comments on Code Comments

September 28, 2016 1 comment

In my last blog post, Comments on Comments, I was perhaps a bit harsh on the practice of comments in code. What I meant was that excessive what comments, which are comments that explain what the code is doing, are a possible indicator that the developer who wrote them was uncertain that the code could […]

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Comments on Comments

September 21, 2016 1 comment

I have been accused in the past of encouraging developers to write uncommented code and this is true, but not because I don’t care about maintainability. On the contrary, I care about maintainability a great deal and that’s exactly why I encourage developers to think twice before they write a comment in their code. Commenting […]

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The Heartbeat of a Project

September 14, 2016 0 comments

For me, software agility is best summed up in the first principle from the Agile Manifesto, which talks about continuous delivery of valuable software. Agile software development is supposed to be a flow that doesn’t conform to prescribed phases. Instead, it breaks projects down into features and tasks. We build the features that are most […]

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Implementation Independence

September 7, 2016 0 comments

“Design to interfaces, not implementations.” This is the advice that the Gang of Four gave us in their book Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object Oriented Software. This means to hide implementation details and only present what is to be accomplished by crafting method signatures around testable behaviors. It means using APIs to create clear […]

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