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  • Noisy code does not equal clean code

    Today I was having a conversation with one of the developers on my team (btw, this guy is going to be a rock star) and I made that statement to him that I thought we had some noisy code.  The context around this conversation was with our usage of AutoMapper (which I love so DO NOT take this as a...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 02-25-2010
    Filed under: Opinion, Craftsmanship
  • Without Context everything is suspect

    Over the weekend I was having a conversation with my wife and we were not communicating on the same wave length.  After a few minutes of talking in circles it dawned on us that we had not established the context around the conversation and we had no real understanding of what either of us was saying...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 10-19-2009
    Filed under: Development, Opinion, Craftsmanship
  • Tests are not ‘Tasks’ you put on a backlog…

    Today I had a conversation with our ‘scrum of scrum’ masters (we have 7 different scrum teams on our product team of 60+) and he asked me why someone would provide ‘developer tests’ as a task for the backlog? Before I go any further, this is NOT a bait type of email, simply my opinion.  If you do...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 07-27-2009
    Filed under: Agile, Opinion, Craftsmanship
  • If you cannot do a source pull and compile you are doing it wrong!

    I know this may seem like old hat to many, but trust me not all organizations/projects are setup to allow you to easily pull the code from your source repository and compile.  I know it is sad, but if you ask me, this is just the tip of the ice burg in terms of what is ultimately wrong with our...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 03-13-2009
    Filed under: Development, Opinion, Rant, Craftsmanship

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