Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Measuring code quality with NDepend

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Something that has always struck me as a bit unique about the software industry is the huge variances we see in professionalism. Consider industries such as medicine or aviation; the lower bounds of their professionalism is comparatively high and the deviation of expertise within the practitioners is comparatively low when compared to software development. Of course there are exceptions – every now and then a doctor malpractices or a pilot crashes – but these are relatively rare occurrences compared to how often poor quality code is written.

You could argue that this is quite possibly due to these being professions which hold peoples’  very lives in their hands but you could just as easily extend the analogy to numerous other professional pursuits; law, teaching, even professional athletes. There’s just something a little bit different about writing code for a career.

No doubt part of the problem is that there are really no entry criteria to becoming a programmer. Sure, there are degrees and certifications but often times there is a large gap between formal academia and practical knowledge. I find it interesting that industries like construction or real estate require practitioners to be formally certified to the same base level as their peers (at least this is the case in Australia), but software development remains a very informal pursuit.

Is it any wonder, given the often casual career path of the software developer, that we now see such huge variances in software quality?

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Monday, April 12, 2010

20 tips for making Twitter a “must have” business tool

Monday, April 12, 2010

I thought I was a bit of a latecomer to Twitter when I jumped on board two years ago but given the growth rate since then – it’s gone from 100 million tweets in Q4 of ‘08 to 4 billion tweets in Q1 of 2010 – I appear to be a relative sage of the Twittersphere.

Having now reached a point where I consider Twitter a “must have” business tool, I’m enjoying encouraging others to seek out the same benefits. However it’s always difficult to articulate the virtues in a casual conversation so here are 20 quick tips on how I’ve made it successful in my role as a software architect.

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