Ep. 21 – What Have We Learned about Programming

Mike reviews some lessons learned as shared by a number of Improvers including Allen, past podcast guest Ben Rady, and podcast new-comers Jane Prusakova and Paul Holser. Topics:

  • Programming in the small for readability.
  • Whatever happened to programming?
  • Balancing flexibility, structure, consistency, and cost.
  • Keep tasks small to avoid “yak shaving”.
  • Beware local maxima.
  • Don’t mistake an array for a hash in Ruby.
  • Learning from others is the best way to pick up best practices.
  • Don’t fight the framework!

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