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Lessons in Software from Alok Srivastava

Lessons in Software from Alok Srivastava

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I have a guest post, Lessons in Software from Alok Srivastava, on Shaping Software.  Alok is a solution architect at Microsoft with several years of experience in large scale, distributed systems.  In this post, he shares his lessons learned in software.  Here is a summary of his lessons:

  • Lesson 1. Software development is a team sport.
  • Lesson 2. More lines-of-code does not mean better software.
  • Lesson 3. The Cloud is an inflection point.
  • Lesson 4. Scalability, performance and diagnostic ability are better achieved at design time.
  • Lesson 5. User experience and user expectation change continuously that is why UI projects are never done.
  • Lesson 6. Software maintainability is a key to longer life for any software.
  • Lesson 7. Development process should help development produce good quality software, if it comes in your way change it.
  • Lesson 8. Take agility with a grain of salt; result –oriented software development is what agility should help you gain.
  • Lesson 9. A great software engineer never stops working.
  • Lesson 10. Know the keys to writing great software; magic isn’t one of them.

You can read an explanation of the lessons in his post, Lessons In Software from Alok Srivastava.