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The Developer's Code

Book Description

You're already a great coder, but awesome coding chops aren't always enough to get you through your toughest projects. You need these 50+ nuggets of wisdom. Veteran programmers: reinvigorate your passion for developing web applications. New programmers: here's the guidance you need to get started. With this book, you'll think about your job in new and enlightened ways.

The Developer's Code isn't about the code you write, it's about the code you live by.

There are no trite superlatives here. Packed with lessons learned from more than a decade of software development experience, author Ka Wai Cheung takes you through the programming profession from nearly every angle to uncover ways of sustaining a healthy connection with your work.

You'll see how to stay productive even on the longest projects. You'll create a workflow that works with you, not against you. And you'll learn how to deal with clients whose goals don't align with your own. If you don't handle them just right, issues such as these can crush even the most seasoned, motivated developer. But with the right approach, you can transcend these common problems and become the professional developer you want to be.

In more than 50 nuggets of wisdom, you'll learn:

Why many traditional approaches to process and development roles in this industry are wrong - and how to sniff them out.

Why you must always say "no" to the software pet project and open-ended timelines.

How to incorporate code generation into your development process, and why its benefits go far beyond just faster code output.

What to do when your client or end user disagrees with an approach you believe in.

How to pay your knowledge forward to future generations of programmers through teaching and evangelism.

If you're in this industry for the long run, you'll be coming back to this book again and again.

Table of Contents

  1. The Developer’s Code
    1. Copyright
    2. For the Best Reading Experience...
    3. Table of Contents
    4. Early Praise for The Developer’s Code
    5. Acknowledgments
    6. Chapter 1: Introduction
      1. Who Is the 21st-Century Programmer?
      2. Discovering the Lessons Firsthand
      3. This Book Is About Us
    7. Chapter 2: Metaphor
    8. Follow Metaphors with Care
    9. Plan Enough, Then Build
    10. Launch Is Just the First Release
    11. The “Ivory Tower” Architect Is a Myth
    12. Throw Away Your Old Code
    13. Diversification Over Specialization
    14. Metaphors Hide Better Ways of Working
    15. Chapter 3: Motivation
    16. The Perks Are in the Work
    17. Begin Where You Love to Begin
    18. Be Imperfect
    19. Stop Programming
    20. Test Your Work First Thing in the Morning
    21. Work Outside the Bedroom
    22. First Impressions Are Just That
    23. The Emotional Value of Launch
    24. Find an Argument
    25. Chapter 4: Productivity
    26. Just Say “No” to the Pet Project
    27. Constrain All of Your Parameters
    28. Cut the Detail Out of the Timeline
    29. Improve Your Product in Two Ways Daily
    30. Invest in a Good Work Environment
    31. Keep a Personal To-Do List
    32. Create “Off-Time” with Your Team
    33. Work in Small, Autonomous Teams
    34. Eliminate the “We” in Productivity
    35. Chapter 5: Complexity
    36. Sniff Out Bad Complexity
    37. The Simplicity Paradox
    38. Complexity as a Game of Pickup Sticks
    39. Keep Complexity Under the Surface
    40. “Hard to Code” Might Mean “Hard to Use”
    41. Know When to Refactor
    42. Develop a Programming Cadence
    43. Chapter 6: Teaching
    44. Teaching Is Unlike Coding
    45. Beware the “Curse of Knowledge”
    46. Teach with Obvious Examples
    47. Lie to Simplify
    48. Encourage Autonomous Thought
    49. Chapter 7: Clients
    50. The Tough Client Is Ubiquitous
    51. Demystify the Black Magic of Software
    52. Define the Goals of Your Application
    53. Be Enthusiastic and Opinionated
    54. Be Forgiving and Personable
    55. Value Is Much More Than Time
    56. Respect Your Project Manager
    57. Chapter 8: Code
    58. Write Code As a Last Resort
    59. A Plug-in Happy Culture
    60. Code Is the Ultimate Junior Developer
    61. Separate Robot Work from Human Work
    62. Generating Code at Its Core
    63. The Case for Rolling Your Own
    64. Chapter 9: Pride
      1. We Have a Marketing Problem
      2. Lessons from the Cooking Industry
    65. Appendix 1: Bibliography
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