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  • Unused code is the worst of the 7 Wastes of Software

    Today I was having another round of conversations with a buddy of mine about the concept of waste and unused code. In agile there is a concept called YAGNI (You Ain't Gonna Need It) that basically states that you should not add code that is not immediately needed as it is waste. In Lean software...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 08-06-2008
    Filed under: Development, Methodology, Opinion
  • Subclassing for Success

    As someone how has been designing and developing WinForms based applications for the past 7+ years, I have learned that subclassing UI controls is a must. You may be thinking, why would I want to subclass a text box? Or a combo box? The answer is simple, the better future proof your app. How many times...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-02-2007
    Filed under: Development, Methodology, WinForms, Opinion, Featured
  • Object Construction - Constructing for Success - Part Duex

    A few months ago I posted about my thoughts on Object Construction (found here ). In the post I talk about constructing object with ALL the required values to make the object valid. This post is just a quick follow up to that. The other day I was refactoring some code and needed to add a new property...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 10-24-2007
    Filed under: Development, Methodology
  • Backing in Unit Tests into an existing project

    Recently I was asked about backing in unit tests into an existing project. In particular I was asked A) was possible and B) is it worth it. In short my answers to both these are Yes and Yes. However, backing in unit tests is not without its challenges. I thought today I would go express my experiences...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 10-09-2007
    Filed under: Development, Agile, Methodology, TDD, Opinion
  • Why I believe IN and WRITE unit tests

    In my last post I think I struck a cord with some people in my post 'Unit tests taking too much time'. My intent was NOT to sound like an elitist Agilist or any else of that nature. My intent was simply to put a post out there about the misperception (in my opinion) about how writing unit tests...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 10-01-2007
    Filed under: Development, Agile, Methodology, TDD, Opinion, Featured
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