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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, August 11, 2008
Scott Allen has recently posted a blog entry on the pitfalls of premature optimisation; in this specific case, optimizing LINQ queries, but the advice is timeless and technology agnostic:
"The first step in optimizing any code is to take some measurements and
It's worth reading just for the image! (Now, if only that was Donald Knuth in the devil suit...If you're curious, check out Knuth's story of optimising the system idle loop...).
Donald Knuth popularised a quote which is sometime attributed to him, but is actually due to Sir Tony Hoare (probably best known for the development of Quicksort), "...premature optimization is the root of all evil." The Fallacy of Premature Optimization by Randall Hyde is worth a look over at the ACM site.
MSN, Email: mitch døt wheat at gmail.com