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Software Quality - You Know It When You See It

Posted by Erik Dörnenburg  on  Mar 21, 2012

Erik Dörnenburg shares techniques for estimating code quality by collecting and analyzing data using the toxicity chart, metrics tree maps, size&complexity pyramid, complexity view, code city, etc.

Who Ever Said Programs Were Supposed to be Pretty?

Posted by Brian Foote  on  Mar 15, 2012 4

Brian Foote wonders in this session if the quest for clean or beautiful code makes sense in a bottom-line obsessed business world.

Sufficient Design: Quality In Sync With Business Context

Posted by Joshua Kerievsky  on  Mar 02, 2012 5

Joshua Kerievsky invites developers to start thinking as entrepreneurs, writing code that is “good enough” for the purpose it is supposed to serve rather than write elaborate code that is beautiful.

Software Naturalism - Embracing the Real Behind the Ideal

Posted by Michael Feathers  on  Feb 17, 2012 5

Michael Feathers analyzes real code bases concluding that code is not nearly as beautiful as designers aspire to, discussing the everyday decisions that alter the code bit by bit.

Cool Code

Posted by Kevlin Henney  on  Feb 09, 2012 2

Kevlin Henney examines code samples to see what can be learned from them starting from the premise that one won’t write great code unless he knows how to read it.

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Posted by Alex Papadimoulis  on  Feb 06, 2012 4

Alex Papadimoulis discusses ugly code, where it comes from, how to avoid it, and how to get rid of it.

How to Stop Writing Next Year's Unsustainable Piece of Code

Posted by Guilherme Silveira  on  Feb 02, 2012 10

Guilherme Silveira mentions some of the turning points in project development that may affect the quality of the code offering advice on avoiding writing crappy code.

Stop the Software Architecture Erosion

Posted by Bernhard Merkle  on  Sep 16, 2011

Bernhard Merkle advices on preventing architectural degradation of a project by using tools for constant monitoring of the code, exemplifying with an analysis of Ant, Findbugs and Eclipse.

Infinitely Extensible

Posted by Alex Papadimoulis  on  Aug 31, 2011 1

Alex Papadimoulis discusses avoiding over-engineering a program, presenting extensibility types used, extensibility design patterns, when to use them, and what happens when they are incorrectly used.

Software Quality – You Know It when You See It

Posted by Erik Dörnenburg  on  Aug 30, 2011 1

Erik Dörnenburg explains how to use various visualization tools to spot patterns, trends and outliers in the code that are an indication of code quality level.

Compile-time Verification, It's Not Just for Type Safety Any More

Posted by Greg Young  on  Jul 05, 2011 9

Greg Young talks about .NET’s Contracts library, showing how to use it, what it is good for, and how it improves code quality.

Where Did My Architecture Go?

Posted by Eoin Woods  on  Jun 22, 2011 2

Eoin Woods advices on writing code that preserves the initial architectural design using conventions, dependency analysis, module systems, augmenting the code & checking rules, and language extensions

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