Archives for December, 2008

The best documentation comes from the source

There is a brief period of time between a project’s infancy and its maturity where documentation is, at best, scarce. For some projects, it lasts for a couple months; for others, until the first official release; and for others still, approximately eternity. But if all you proponents of proper programming practices truly believe that the [...]

Prototypes: where good ideas go to die

A boss of mine once told me, “Sometimes getting something done quickly takes precedence over doing it right”. I’d argue that “quick” and “right” are the same thing in this context; it’s simply a pitting of the long-term against the short-term. Consider the time it actually takes to get things truly done. Well, yeah, I [...]