Thursday, April 14, 2011

Top 10 Mistakes Programmers Make

Just from my own experience over the past twenty-odd years…

10. Forgetting to document requirements with enough detail.

9. Failing to clearly define and meet milestones, metrics and deliverables.

8. Letting their own preferences cloud the direction of a customer-oriented product.

7. Worrying about programming language more than the end result.

6. Rushing a product to release (not enough beta).

5. Skipping alpha and going directly to beta or final (refinement of mistake #6)

4. Not enough error checking and exception handling.

3. Choosing the wrong licensing model.

2. Losing sight of where their product will fit into the market or even within a customer environment.

1. Failing to thoroughly document their code and all aspects of the product.

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