Lessons learned in 2016

by Jannik Arndt

#1

Do not fix your code.

Rather understand why nothing kept you from creating this bug. Make your code so easy that this bug would have been obvious the first time.

#2

Automate early.

You know, CI/CD. Or just clean-up-scripts. Or a complete infrastructure-as-code. Remember: A script to setup something is the best documentation!

#3

A function must not do more than one thing.

If a function name contains “and” there’s still work to do. Build small pieces.

#4

Side effects are the root of all evil.

If you need side effects (like database or file outputs), let it be the only thing a function does.

#5

It’s all about data.

Business logic is just a concept to change data.

#6

A system is defined by its input and output.

Every description of anything should focus on these two things first.

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