computer programming

computer programming

BUILD STUFF'14: Kevlin Henney - Seven Ineffective Coding Habits of Many Programmers

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Kevlin Henney is an independent consultant and trainer based in the UK. His development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. He has been a columnist for various magazines and sites, including Better Software, The Register, Application Development Advisor, Java Report and the C/C++ Users Journal. Kevlin is co-author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and On Patterns and Pattern Languages, two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series. He is also editor of the 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know site and book. Habits help you manage the complexity of code. You apply existing skill and knowledge automatically to the detail while focusing on the bigger picture. But because you acquire habits largely by imitation, and rarely question them, how do you know your habits are effective? Many of the habits and conventions programmers have for naming, formatting, commenting and unit testing do not stand up as rational and practical on closer inspection. This session examined seven coding habits that are not as effective as many programmers — whether working with Java, .NET, native or scripting languages — might believe, and suggested alternatives.