A couple of posts ago I spoke about Good Naming, and amongst other things outlined some principles that can be followed when choosing good names for methods or functions.
There is of course one type of method which is … Read more
As a programmer working in a team in a professional arena, you will sooner or later find yourself drowning. You underestimated your task. You are stuck and you are losing confidence in your ability to complete on time and to … Read more
Most developers struggle to name things well, and worse, many underestimate the importance of good naming. A badly named variable, method or class not only has the potential to infuriate other developers (we are an easily infuriated bunch when it … Read more
Arguably the most important skill in a programmer’s arsenal, yet possibly the one which he receives the least training in, is the ability to write readable code. This skill was barely touched on during my formal education, and I don’t … Read more
Out of curiosity and a wish to refresh my memory of some things I learnt in uni, I recently started reading about imperative and declarative programming. Before long I had entered a never-ending cycle of conflicting definitions, opinions and debates. … Read more
Although a career in programming may not require a great deal of public speaking, the chances are that at some point a programmer will need to speak in front of a group of people for one reason or another. Maybe … Read more
There is a lot of dogma in programming. I don’t know if there are similar levels of dogma in other forms of engineering, but the adamance with which some programmers subscribe to certain practices and approaches can be quite disturbing. … Read more