David Bernstein, author of the book “Beyond Legacy Code: Nine Practices to Extend the Life (and Value) of Your Software”, stops by Agile Amped to educate us on “What makes great developers great?” While developers are generally thought of as being analytical, dividing and separating things apart, David says, “The great developers that I know are also good at integrating.” He adds that, while many devs focus intensely on writing code, “what we really want to do is create implementations of intent.”
David’s book is about making code maintainable and understandable, helping you see connections between processes in the code so you can remove redundancy. The importance of simplicity and elegance in the code becomes obvious when you start to scale enterprise software with millions of lines of code, where a single change can cause a domino effect of broken code. In order to keep code simple, David advocates for treating programming primarily as a way to communicate intent to another human (including your future self) and secondarily as a way to get the computer to do what you want.
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