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  • Removing words like Convince, Convert and Persuade from our vocabulary

    One of the common themes of this years KaizenConf was how to move a towards being a lean organization. During most of the sessions and conversations that I was part I cannot tell you how often I heard words like Convince, Convert and Persuade said. At first I had nothing against these words, but the...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-04-2008
    Filed under: Methodology, Opinion, Featured
  • 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
  • Defensive Coding best practice

    <disclaimer> This posting is purely my personal opinion. I am sure many of you out there will disagree, if this is the case, let me know. </disclaimer> Today, during my bug hunting I stumbled across the dreaded 'Null reference' exception. This was not the original target of my hunt...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 01-22-2008
    Filed under: Methodology, Opinion, Best Practice
  • Failing builds, the sound of silence

    I'm sure that everyone has heard the riddle ' If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?' . This riddle is all about observation and knowledge of reality. Well, I have a riddle for software teams following TDD. 'If a build fails and no-one fixes...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-07-2007
    Filed under: Methodology, TDD, Humor, 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
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