Articles about being a professional software developer.
Articles about being a professional software developer.
Saturday, October 22 2016 professional
Most people would agree that gaining experience is vital to career development, and I’m sure most managers would contend that their hiring decisions are, at least in part, driven by finding people with relevant experience to contribute to their team and their business.
Sunday, December 13 2015 professional
Sunday, December 06 2015 professional
Sunday, November 08 2015 professional
In my last post we explored a number of common approaches to documentation and the ways that they fall short. Fortunately, the story doesn’t stop there - we can (and should) do much better.
Sunday, November 01 2015 professional
I’ve been asking developers I know whether they think their current project is properly documented. Not one of them has said that they’re happy with the documentation they have and most have talked about the need to write more. I suspect the problem is not one of volume, but of accessibility.
Sunday, July 12 2015 professional
It’s well known that the human mind takes a lot of shortcuts - it’s one of the ways that it achieves the extraordinary levels of operation that we collectively refer to as “intelligence”. These same shortcuts also lead the mind to make some interesting mistakes - a rich field of quirks ripe for the both ethical researcher and the unethical conman.
Sunday, July 05 2015 professional
A developers choice of keyboard is an intensely personal one. Some people favor the original IBM Model M with it’s mechanical key-switches. Jeff Atwood feels so strongly about the importance of choosing the right keyboard that he created his own.
Sunday, June 28 2015 professional
So I have to ask whether Adam Bertram, over on the Pluralsight blog really has a point to make or whether he’s just creating linkbait to drive traffic. (I hope it’s the former, since many of his other blogs are quite worthwhile.) For a start, Adam asks a simple question - the same question that I posed as my title - Full stack developers: Do they really exist?
Sunday, June 14 2015 professional
In my previous post we established that a key factor in professional software development is delivering value to the business - that we are constructing a business asset and that we should be building the greatest possible value into that asset.
Sunday, June 07 2015 professional
Think about what you’re doing when you next write a test, code a feature or fix a defect. Why are you writing that test, coding that feature or fixing that defect?
Tuesday, March 17 2015 professional
It’s a curious thing how many developers - and other people in the ICT industry - have a problem with change.
Sunday, November 09 2014 professional
Most people would agree that gaining experience is vital to career development, and I’m sure most managers would content that their hiring decisions are, at least in part, driven by finding people with relevant experience to contribute to their team and their business.
Sunday, May 12 2013 professional
Recently, someone asked me why it was a good idea to attend a local user group meeting. Here’s a longer version of the answer I gave at the time.
Thursday, January 03 2013 professional
What is the secret to writing awesome software?
Saturday, November 24 2012 professional
Saturday, August 04 2012 professional
It always pains me to see a perfectly good computer that’s been abused.
Wednesday, June 20 2012 professional
Staying on top of the never ending tsunami of email can be a significant challenge at the best of times, let alone when you work in an organisation that treats email as it’s very lifeblood.
|Growing older and keeping it simple 17 Apr 2012|
|When a bomb beheld 24 Jan 2012|
|Looking forward to 2012 31 Dec 2011|
|Pay it forward 25 Apr 2011|
|Sharpening the Saw 18 Apr 2011|
|Questions for Senior Software Engineers 19 Feb 2011|
|The unspoken truth about managing geeks 15 Feb 2011|
|Strategies for becoming a better programmer 26 Jan 2011|
|I Choose to Ride the Tiger 29 Nov 2010|
|Where does your challenge come from? 24 Sep 2010|
|Top 10 Mistakes to make in class 19 Aug 2010|
|Simplicity 19 May 2010|
|What makes a Developer? 01 May 2010|
|Process Improvement 25 Feb 2010|
|A Boys Club? 28 Jan 2010|
|On Priorities 17 Dec 2009|
|Software Craftsmanship 13 Nov 2009|
|Nobody wants my Code 11 Oct 2009|
|Coming up to speed 10 Sep 2009|
|Are we speaking the same Language? 26 Aug 2009|
|Using new Language and Library Features 23 Aug 2009|
|Two dangerous little words 16 Jul 2009|
|Want to get more done, faster? 30 May 2009|
|Defining Polymorphism 07 Apr 2009|
|We are not our Users 05 Apr 2009|
|Stages of Competence 22 Mar 2009|
|The word "Estimate" 12 Mar 2009|
|Be A Better Developer 10 Feb 2009|
|The importance of Attitude 19 Jan 2009|
|On NNPPs 10 Jan 2009|
|On Leadership Styles 18 Dec 2008|
|The right knowledge for each problem ... 25 Oct 2008|
|Creative Discipline 25 Sep 2008|
|Fail Loudly 23 Sep 2008|
|Attitudes to Change 16 Jun 2008|
|Preaching the wrong message 27 May 2008|
|Studying on the Move 18 May 2008|
|The Curse of Remembered Pain 14 May 2008|
|The Gray Zone 04 May 2008|
|YAGNI is no excuse to be lazy 12 Apr 2008|
|The One True Way 30 Mar 2008|
|What are you measuring? 24 Sep 2006|
|What makes a Professional Developer? 25 Jun 2006|
|One in a million 20 Jan 2005|
|Self Improvement 23 Jun 2004|
|What makes a Senior Developer? 21 Mar 2004|
|Refactoring 07 Mar 2004|
|Ethics and Professionalism 11 Feb 2004|
|How important is assembly language 07 Feb 2004|
|Chris Sells 15 Jan 2004|
|Writing Secure Applications 01 Jan 2004|