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  • Great Test-and-Fix quote in regards to wasted time.

    I am in the process of reading Mary and Tom Poppendieck's latest book ' Implementing Lean Software Development ' and I came across a great quote that is ALL too true in our industry. (I am only 2 chapters in on the book, but so far it is as good as their last book ). 'When testing occurs long after coding...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 07-03-2007
    Filed under: Development, Methodology
  • Switch Statements with Enums best practice

    Over the years I have come to the conclusion when working with switch statements that switches on enum values, a DEFAULT block MUST be required. Not only should it be required, I think it should throw a developer exception. *** NOTE *** My stance on this is ONLY in scenarios where the switch statement...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 06-26-2007
    Filed under: Development, Methodology, .Net, Opinion, Best Practice
  • Code Reviews: Rules of the Game

    Code reviews are thought to be painful by many, but in my opinion that can be avoided. Code reviews can be a great tool for a project to help keep the code clean and concise. Last time I talked about Code Reviews and how to make them successful , this time I thought I would spell out some of the Rules...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 06-12-2007
    Filed under: Development, Methodology
  • Code Reviews: How to be successful

    Code reviews are something that not all of us like or do, but they can be very valuable. I thought I would express some of my thoughts/opinions about the benefits and pit falls of performing code reviews. Benefits of Code Reviews Performing regular and consistent code can have a great impact on your...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 06-11-2007
    Filed under: Development, Methodology
  • Fail Fast Principle

    I am thinking about posting about different principles/patterns over the next few weeks/months. I have decided to start with Fail Fast. This is something that I think most people over look or plain just don't do. Although the concept of Fail Fast is easy and straight forward, in most systems I have seen...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 06-08-2007
    Filed under: Methodology, TDD
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