Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Quote for developers

According to Kent Beck, Agile expert and also the creator of Extreme Programming methodology :

"Your organization is going to spend a lot more on somebody - you or somebody else - reading what you're writing right now than they are ever going to spend on you writing it,"

"You're going to read that code yourself 10 to 100 times for every time you write it, so it's worth taking the trouble to make it readable. You're going to modify it five times after you write it the first time, so it makes sense to make it easy to change. And because you can't predict the future, it doesn't make any sense to build a lot of stuff you don't need right away. These are unchanging principles of software development, and nothing about applying the words 'scripting' or 'model driven' or whatever the programming metaphor du jour happens to be changes any of that."


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