Bohdan Bandrivskyy

About Bohdan Bandrivskyy

I have more then 8 years experiences as software developer. Last 7 years it's mainly java and java related technologies. Java fan :) and JUG Lviv participant and co-promoter

Best Practices Ever for Software Development

  1. Write programs for people, not computers.
    • a program should not require its readers to hold more than a handful of facts in memory at once
    • names should be consistent, distinctive and meaningful
    • code style and formatting should be consistent
    • all aspects of software development should be broken down into tasks roughly an hour long
  2. Automate repetitive tasks.
    • rely on the computer to repeat tasks
    • save recent commands in a file for re-use
    • use a build tool to automate scientific workflows
  3. Use the computer to record history.
    • software tools should be used to track computational work automatically
  4. Make incremental changes.
    • work in small steps with frequent feedback and course correction
  5. Use version control.
    • use a version control system
    • everything that has been created manually should be put in version control
  6. Don’t repeat yourself (or others).
    • every piece of data must have a single authoritative representation in the system
    • code should be modularized rather than copied and pasted
    • re-use code instead of rewriting it
  7. Plan for mistakes.
    • add assertions to programs to check their operation
    • use an off-the-shelf unit testing library
    • use all available oracles when testing programs
    • turn bugs into test cases
    • use a symbolic debugger
  8. Optimize software only after it works correctly.
    • use a profiler to identify bottlenecks
    • write code in the highest-level language possible
  9. Document design and purpose, not mechanics.
    • document interfaces and reasons, not implementations
    • refactor code instead of explaining how it works
    • embed the documentation for a piece of software in that software
  10. Collaborate.
    • use pre-merge code reviews
    • use pair programming when bringing someone new up to speed and when tackling particularly tricky problems

The only extra I would have included would be:

11. Maintain and update older code.
 

Reference: Best Practices Ever for Software Development from our JCG partner Andriy Andrunevchyn at the Java User Group of Lviv blog.

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5 Responses to "Best Practices Ever for Software Development"

  1. Vel says:

    Kept it very simple. Worth reading. Thanks author.

  2. Very good summary, and the best part is that author did not make it into 1.5 hour video! :)

  3. Abhishek Anne says:

    Liked +1

  4. Bookmarked! It pays to be reminded of these simple list of best practices every now and then. Thanks for sharing, Bohdan. Cheers!

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