Software Tips from Bjarne Stroustrup

23 Nov 2008 /

Here are 38 tips from the designer of the C++ programming language.

These in particular jumped out at me:

[5] Don’t try technological fixes for sociological problems
[8] Design processes to encourage feedback
[9] Don’t confuse activity for progress
[10] Don’t generalize beyond what is needed, what you have direct experience with, and what can be tested
[19] Use existing systems as models, as inspiration, and as starting points
[22] Design for change, focusing on flexibility, extensibility, portability, and reuse
[27] Keep it small. Don’t add features “just in case”
[29] Repeatedly review and refine both the design and the implementation
[31] Experiment, analyse, and test as early as possible and as often as possible

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