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Joel on Software

2003/01/02

by Joel Spolsky
Thursday, January 02, 2003

“With TDD, you create an automated test first, and only then write the minimal amount of code that you can get away with to satisfy that test. Every time someone finds a new bug, it gets added to the fully automated test suite. Then the programmer writes the minimal amount of code to make the new test pass (which makes the bug go away).” —From Test Driving Test Driven Development, a column I've written that will appear in the next issue of STQE Magazine. More paper! You can't read it online, but the nice folks at STQE have offered 15% off the usual subscription price for Joel on Software readers.

Bookmark this: DLL Help is a complete database of every DLL Microsoft has ever shipped, and which versions of which product it shipped with. I'm trying to figure out which of the 7 versions of scrrun.dll in the wild is causing problems for the occasional CityDesk user.

Four Days With Dr. DemingA good introduction to Dr. Deming's philosophy of management: Four Days with Dr. Deming summarizes the four day seminars Deming used to give to business leaders. Key insight: you can't improve your team's performance just by picking some numeric measurement and then rewarding or punishing people to optimize it. Problem one: the variability in the measurement may be caused by a broken system that only management can change, not by individual performance. Problem two: people may optimize locally to improve that one measurement, even at the cost of hurting the performance of the company as a whole. If you're in a rut constantly trying to figure out how to rejigger your employees' incentive systems, this book will get you out of it.


Have you been wondering about Distributed Version Control? It has been a huge productivity boon for us, so I wrote Hg Init, a Mercurial tutorial—check it out!

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