Me And Programming Go Way Back

I became a professional programmer when I was 20, not-quite 38 years ago. Bob Martin’s back-of-the-envelope estimate of the doubling rate for programmers is that it’s been about 5 years for at least 3 decades. That means I have more time in this trade than more than 99% of the other programmers in the world today. What does that mean about me? Idunno, really. A bunch of things. It means I’m a bitter old man, of course. Even if we […]

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How Much Design? When To Start & When To Stop

Alright, pre-coding design. By that, I mean, the serious thinking one does before one starts typing code into the computer. The first puzzle of pre-coding design is to identify when to start & went to stop. Start When You Have A Story When to start: when a story has been selected for implementation. That starting condition will be tricky for noobs, so let me blather for a minute. There’s no time to discuss stories in general, but in short, by

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