Software development is hard. Understanding requirements, keeping up with evolving scope, and getting everyone on the same page is difficult enough without developers adding self-inflicted wounds.
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We’ve leveraged a number of patterns that can help get to that initial release product quickly but doesn’t box us into a design that has to be scrapped when volume exceeds expectation.
Seems like everyone is writing microservices these days and that might be a good thing, if they solve the problems they are intended to solve.
A problem that I’ve noticed with us developers is that sometimes we hear some techie and cool sounding trivia – you know, like “the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain,” take it as fact, and integrate that fact into our daily dev lives.
Times may have changed since your last hiring spree, and even if they haven’t, when was the last time you examined how successful your process really is for identifying the right kind of developer while weeding out the wrong kind?
I was onsite at a client site today when they experienced an issue with one of their systems. No problem, check the logs, and get them back online. Turns out that there wasn’t much helpful information in the logs as they decided to implement a terrible exception handling “standard.”