Software development store. If everyone acted like coders | by Bennett Garner | Developer Goal | Jul 2022
If everyone acted like coders
Imagine you are shopping at Software Co.
You want to buy a dozen eggs, but the
EggChooserService is too complicated. The only function you can use returns duck eggs in batches of 5.
You would like to buy some milk, but there are no papers. It takes you hours of searching the store (ahem, source code) before you find the
Buying bread is even worse. Since bread is so fundamental to the grocery app, a “smart” engineer tried to optimize things by removing the lint. You don’t buy bread, you buy
b. Unlike the rest of the store, prices are not listed in decimals. They are multiplied by 100 to avoid floating point calculations. Calling him
choose_loaf function has all sorts of side effects.
Vegetables are a total crap shoot. Each vegetable works differently when they really should all share the same interface. There are no tests for the different interfaces, so sometimes you get the wrong zucchini, a truncated carrot, or the wrong amount of tomatoes.
Neither will your users or fellow engineers.
The software must be consistent, predictable, tested and documented.
When engineers stray from these boundaries (as they too often do), things get nasty.
Do everyone a favor – think about groceries when you write code.
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