Software Develoment Team Culture

Jan’s take on the art of software development

  1. Develop and maintain a library of common code.
  2. Agree to coding standards. Be flexible, but everthing being equal, try to make all code be as unified as possible.
    1. Avoid tricky code
    2. Keep methods small
    3. Always use descriptive names
    4. No constant values. Use enums or named constants
    5. If it’s not self-evident, comment it.
    6. Hold inspections. Makes developers accountable for their code (following standards), catches bugs, catches opportuntities for code-reuse, teaches other developers.
      1. Coding Standards
      2. Refactoring
      3. Code reuse (is a common function available, can code be added as new common function?
      4. Exception cases. Is code defensive?
      5. Is code self-explanatory or does it need comments?

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