Unit tests are often treated like second class citizens and not given the same level of polish and refactoring as our production code. As a result, they can wind up brittle, unclear, and hard to maintain. In this article, I’m going to show you a few tricks to keep your […]
From Dev to Manager
Want it or dread it, sometimes as developers we move from individual contributor to a team lead or management type of role. This is a drastic shift in skills needed and one frequently done without official training. How do we improve our chances of success when others are on the […]
Making Defects Impossible
Certainly we can’t eliminate all types of issues, but the types of issues we can strategically address at the design or language level is growing every year.
Pay down Tech Debt Plank by Plank
A year ago I learned of the thought experiment “The Ship of Theseus” and, particularly, how it might apply to software development. In a nutshell, the Ship of Theseus refers to an old wooden sailing ship sailed by Theseus. Over the course of its voyage, every piece of the ship […]
Code Review and Your Team
Let’s say you’re on a small software development team — either within a department or in a smaller organization. You may or may not be doing code reviews, and you may or may not think they’re important (hint: they are). As a software engineer and software engineering manager, I think that code […]
Victimless Canary Testing with Scientist
Scientist offers a way to improve existing code without introducing users to new bugs. Learn how Scientist offers a safer alternative to canary testing.