I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code”

An opinion column for developers.Brutally honest, no pulled punches.
  • I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code”

    Out of calibration

    It’s calibration time at Microsoft. Time for managers to rank everyone in your peer group (same discipline, same career stage, same division) into five (and a half) ranges: the top 20 percent (and top 5 percent), the near top 20 percent, the middle...
  • I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code”

    Quality is in the eye of the customer

    Not every bug is the same. A bug that frequently freezes an app gets more attention than an extra line of green pixels in a border. An embarrassing typo in a prominent feature is more urgent to fix than an inappropriate exception thrown by a misused API...
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