About David Green

David Green is a developer and aspiring software craftsman. He has been programming for 20 years but only getting paid to do it for the last 10; in that time he has worked for a variety of companies from small start-ups to global enterprises.

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Are integration tests worth the hassle?

Whether or not you write integration tests can be a religious argument: either you believe in them or you don’t. What we even mean by integration tests can lead to an endless semantic ...
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Are comments always wrong?

A colleague asked me recently: Why aren’t developers writing comments any more? He’d been looking through some code his team had written, and couldn’t understand it – he was ...
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Why shouldn’t I test private methods?

Newcomers to TDD ask some interesting questions, here’s one I was asked recently: testing private methods is bad, but why? How did we get here? If you’re trying to test private ...
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Who is a senior developer anyway?

What makes you a “senior developer”? Everyone and their dog calls themselves a senior developer these days. From fresh graduates to the CTO, everyone is a senior developer. But ...
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Choosing a Programming Language: Recruitment

How do you choose the right language to use for your next project? Use the right tool for the job? Sure, but what does that mean? And how do I know what the right tool is? How do I ...
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Choosing a Programming Language

What programming language to use is probably the single biggest technical decision facing a project. That one decision, affects every one that follows – from the frameworks and libraries ...
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Enterprise class Java code

There’s a natural instinct to assume that everybody else’s code is an untidy, undisciplined mess. But, if we look objectively, some people genuinely are able to write well crafted ...
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Shame driven development

I always aspire to write well-crafted code. During my day job, where all production code is paired on, I think our quality is pretty high. But it’s amazing how easy you forgive yourself ...
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Growing hairy software, guided by tests

Software grows organically. One line at a time, one change at a time. These changes soon add up. In an ideal world, they add up to a coherent architecture with an intention revealing ...
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Enough whitespace already

In most sensible languages the compiler ignores whitespace; it’s only there to help humans understand the code. The trouble is, without automated checking of whitespace it’s very ...
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