Wikimedia software developer and Software Craftmanship advocate Jeroen De Dauw discusses about how to maintain code. A significant amount of time is spend on reading code, sometimes more than on writing code.
Minimalism also applies in software. The less code you write, the less you have to maintain. The less you maintain, the less you have to understand. The less you have to understand, the less chance of making a mistake. Less code leads to fewer bugs.
Code reviews and software inspections have existed for a long time in the software engineering world. They have been however only adopted by a minority of software development projects. Programmers have always been reluctant to submit their code to the criticism of their peer. The pair programming technique promoted by the Agile approaches has faced […]