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The Pain of Daily Reports

Written by Yegor Bugayenko / Original link on Nov. 3, 2020

A few days ago I asked my Twitter followers to vote in a simple poll. They did, screaming in comments that only a stupid incompetent manager would ask programmers to send daily reports, while everything they do can easily be tracked in tickets, Git history, and so on. Indeed, why on earth would a…


New Metric: the Distance of Coupling

Written by Yegor Bugayenko / Original link on Oct. 27, 2020

Encapsulation, as you know, is one of the four key principles in object-oriented programming. Encapsulation, according to Grady Booch et al., is “the process of hiding all the secrets of an object that do not contribute to its essential characteristics.” Practically speaking, it’s about those priva…


Lack of Problem Is the Problem

Written by Yegor Bugayenko / Original link on Oct. 13, 2020

Do you know the most typical mistake startup founders make when they pitch their ideas to investors? According to Jake Mendel from Silicon Valley Bank, they often focus on the solution they propose instead of the problem they are trying to solve. Inability to identify the problem is the common caus…



Open Source Etiquette

Written by Yegor Bugayenko / Original link on Jul. 29, 2020

Here is a short list of common courtesy rules for open source software development. Actually, they apply elsewhere also, but they are most visible when you do GitHub-based coding. I strongly believe that sooner or later all programming will be open source and these rules will apply to everybody. Co…


To Measure or Not to Measure

Written by Yegor Bugayenko / Original link on Jun. 23, 2020

The question was asked on StackExchange nine years ago (just around the time the site was launched): “If not lines of code, then what is a good metric by which to measure the effectiveness of remote programmers.” The answers, not surprisingly, were all along this line: programmers are not supposed…