Software development, .Net, SQL Server, TDD, Agile, Community and other Odds and Sods
Mitch Wheat has been working as a professional programmer since 1984, graduating with a honours degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, UK in 1986. He moved to Perth in 1995, having worked in software houses in London and Rotterdam. He has worked in the areas of mining, electronics, research, defence, financial, GIS, telecommunications, engineering, and information management. Mitch has worked mainly with Microsoft technologies (since Windows version 3.0) but has also used UNIX. He holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCPD (Web and Windows) using C# and SQL Server MCITP (Admin and Developer). His preferred development environment is C#, .Net Framework and SQL Server. Mitch has worked as an independent consultant for the last 10 years, and is currently involved with helping teams improve their Software Development Life Cycle. His areas of special interest lie in performance tuning
Monday, June 26, 2006
Software Development Must Haves
If you are starting a career in software development, the choice you make for your first job is extremely important. It can make the difference between an average career and one that stands out from the crowd. When you go for an interview, you have to remember that the interview is a two-way process: you need to interview them as well. Finding an environment that will nurture your skills and direct your development, is often more important than simply finding the company that will pay you the most money. The Guerrilla Guide to Interviewing by Joel Spolsky is well worth reading.
The last point requires some explanation: when you are designing code and deciding ‘what the code should look like’ there is no better way than writing down how you envisage consumers (whoever they are) calling your methods. If you put yourself in the place of the consumer of your methods, you will invariably find the best way to phrase the interface of those methods. This is an important design principle when creating software frameworks.
MSN, Email: mitch døt wheat at gmail.com