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The simplest thing that could possibly work left me wanting more

One of the mantras of the Agile community is that you do “the simplest thing that could possibly work.” As I tried to follow this maxim when launching two personal projects (a batch job that sends tweets, and a web application for home use) I found myself wishing that I had done more. Such as:

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Written by Eric Wilson

September 11, 2012 at 5:37 am

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Book Review: Clean Code by Robert Martin

Clean CodeI read Clean Code by Robert Martin (Uncle Bob), and it was well worth it. In about 400 pages, Uncle Bob gives real motivation for writing clean code, explains, in careful detail what clean code means for all of the regular parts of a typical system, and then applies the principals discussed on several substantial chunks of real-life code.

Martin begins with motivation to strive to write clean code. That may seem unnecessary, but it serves several good purposes, even for those that were willing to buy a book entitled “Clean Code.” First of all, in Martin’s engaging style , you become excited about the possibility of writing better code. More importantly, in my view, is that rather than appealing to prideful notions of craftsmanship or art, he makes it clear that clean code is about useful, maintainable, flexible software. That it is about reducing the cost of software, and preventing, reducing, and fighting the software rot and decay that often surrounds us. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Eric Wilson

December 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm

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