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398: Developing Heuristics For Writing Software

August 22nd, 2023  •  34 mins 7 secs  •  Download (36.5 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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Experienced programmers use a lot of heuristics or "rules of thumb" about what makes their code better. These aren't always true, but they work in most situations. Stephanie and Joël discuss a range of heuristics, how to use them, how to come up with them, how to know when to break them, and how to teach them to more junior devs.