I don't like to have too many microposts on this blog, so I've decided to save them up and start
a Programming Quotables series
. The idea is that I'll post quotes about programming that have one or more of the
- I find funny
- I find asinine
- I find insightfully true
- And stand on their own, with little to no comment needed
Here's the seventh in that series. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did:
In the software industry, we've been chasing quality for years. The interesting thing is there are a number of things that work. Design by Contract works. Test Driven Development works. So do Clean Room, code inspections and the use of higher-level languages.
All of these techniques have been shown to increase quality. And, if we look closely we can see why: all of them force us to reflect on our code.
That's the magic, and it's why unit testing works also. When you write unit tests, TDD-style or after your development, you scrutinize, you think, and often you prevent problems without even encountering a test failure.
Perhaps I've made it seem like I'm on the side of the pirates. Just to make it clear that I'm not sailing under the jolly roger: In my own view, piracy is wrong. It's wrong even when the people making and selling the game are senseless, self-destructive fools. It's wrong even if the game sucks. It's wrong if you're broke. It's wrong even if "you weren't going to buy it anyway." It's wrong and I don't do it, ever.
It is not my intention to preach at pirates and get them to change their habits. I'm not anyone's mum, and it's not my place to tell people how to act. I actually think that having lots of people repent of piracy right now would be horrible. The managers would conclude their monstrous policies were working, and we'd get a double helping of the same, forever after, in every game they put out.
Regardless of the approach taken, I definitely no longer believe that sprocs should play any significant role in any application. The current mandate in the software industry is to strive to lower costs by increasing developer productivity and ORM's clearly help to do this by eliminating the need to write and maintain countless simple CRUD sprocs.
It's definitely time for all of us .NET developers to abandon our convention sproc wisdom and start playing catch-up with the rest of the industry when it comes to using ORM's.
I am not at the mercy of some big up-front UML diagrams or "non-agile" models grounded in getting something wrong in its entirety and very thoroughly before you take measures to fix it (or even begin to detect it).
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