Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Waterfall Programmer

A Programmer who writes bunches and bunches of code. Compiles. Debugs and Debugs.

Having interviewed quite a few people over the last few years, this seems to be relatively common and it's very very painful to watch. This is a pattern that can turn really smart people into really bad programmers. In fact, its quite possible that the smarter you are the worse waterfall programming can bite you in the butt. The problem comes with the "unchecked" assumptions you build into the code. The more complex / cleverer your idea of how to solve a problem where you don't validate your assumptions the harder it gets to undo it later (both emotionally and technically)

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