Beware The Boy Scout Rule

I’m a big fan of rules of thumb in software development. They help us understand and apply good principles of software design. Here are a few useful ones: Keep it simple, stupid You ain’t gonna need it Don’t repeat yourself Tell, don’t ask Don’t polish a turd Ok, I added the last one myself… The rule of thumb… Read More »

Why Developers Ignore Software Design Principles

Why do developers write bad code? It’s because they disregard principles of software design. The reasons for this might surprise you. Software design principles are important. The most fundamental principle in software is to write code that can handle change. If code is difficult to change then developers can’t respond quickly to changing business requirements. When changes break other parts… Read More »