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MASTER YOUR TOOLS

Understanding your testing framework, like Junit, can make your unit tests cleaner and more efficient. Mastering your tools equates to more efficient and reliable code.

  1. Dedicate some time to explore the features and best practices of your testing framework today. How can you use it more effectively?
  2. Can you think of a situation where better knowledge of your tools could have saved time or prevented issues? How could having that knowledge have changed the outcome?

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BEWARE OF SMELLS

Certain patterns, known as 'code smells,' can indicate potential problems in your design. Understanding these patterns helps you avoid problems before they arise.

  1. Look at your code today with an eye for 'code smells.' Can you identify any and rectify them?
  2. Can you recall a t...

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AVOID DUPLICATION

The "Don't Repeat Yourself" (DRY) principle states that each piece of knowledge should have a single, unambiguous representation within the system. Duplicated code can lead to inconsistencies and bugs.

  1. Examine your code today for any signs of duplication. If you find any, consider re...

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MINIMIZE COMMENTS

In well-written code, comments should be the exception, not the rule. If your code is self-explanatory, there's no need to add extra commentary.

  1. Look through your code today and ask yourself if each comment is necessary. Could the code be refactored to make it self-explanatory inste...

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STAY PROFESSIONAL

Professionalism in software development means taking responsibility for delivering clean, functioning code. Take pride in your work and strive for excellence.

  1. Reflect on your work today. Are there areas where you could have demonstrated more professionalism? How can you improve in th...

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NO OUTPUT ARGUMENTS

Functions should avoid modifying the state of their inputs. Instead, return the results. This practice leads to clearer and more predictable code.

  1. Review your functions today. Do any of them modify their arguments? Could they be refactored to return the results instead?
  2. Have...

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IMPROVE LEGACY CODE

Working with legacy code can be challenging but understanding and improving its structure can greatly aid in maintainability and extensibility.

  1. If you're working with legacy code, try to understand it better today. Identify areas for potential improvement.
  2. Have you encounter...

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UNDERSTAND CONCURRENCY

Concurrency brings its own set of challenges. Writing concurrent code requires explicit strategizing and testing to ensure correct functioning.

  1. If your code uses concurrency, scrutinize it closely. Are you confident it's handling concurrency correctly?
  2. Can you remember a tim...

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CONTINUOUS REFINEMENT

Your code should undergo continual revision and improvement. By constantly refining it, you can maintain simplicity and flexibility in your software.

  1. Review your codebase today. Identify areas that could benefit from refactoring or improvement.
  2. Recall a time when lack of cod...

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KEEP IT SMALL

Classes should be as small as possible, with a single responsibility. This practice increases code clarity, reusability, and maintainability.

  1. Review your classes today. Are any of them trying to do too much? Consider breaking them into smaller, single-purpose classes.
  2. Can yo...

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FORMAT FOR READABILITY

The way you format your code, including indentation and the use of whitespace, can greatly influence its readability. Consistency is key.

  1. Pay special attention to the formatting of your code today. Make sure it is consistent and follows established conventions.
  2. Consider a ti...

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SYSTEMS MATTER

Keeping system architecture clean and comprehensible is crucial. It's just as important that high-level structures are as understandable as low-level code.

  1. Consider the architecture of your current project today. Is it as clean and comprehensible as it could be?
  2. Have you enc...

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EMERGENCE THROUGH SIMPLICITY

Good architecture often emerges from following simple practices: passing all tests, eliminating duplication, ensuring expressiveness, and minimizing the number of classes and methods.

  1. Reflect on your current practices. Are you adhering to these principles? Where can you implement the...

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HANDLE ERRORS PROPERLY

Don't ignore errors. They should be handled and communicated effectively, preferably through exceptions, making your code more robust and maintainable.

  1. Check your code for error handling today. Are all potential errors or exceptions accounted for and handled effectively?
  2. Can...

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USE TOOLS WISELY

Employ tools like static code analyzers and linters to enforce coding standards and conventions. They can help you maintain high-quality code.

  1. Evaluate the tools you're using today. Are there any additional tools that could help maintain your coding standards?
  2. Can you rememb...

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RESPECT BOUNDARIES

Knowing where to draw lines between software systems and how to manage those interfaces effectively can make a big difference in the complexity and maintainability of your code.

  1. Assess the boundaries in your code today. Are interfaces between systems clear and well managed?
  2. ...

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ONE FUNCTION, ONE TASK

Each function you write should have a singular, well-defined responsibility. Keeping functions small and focused makes your code more maintainable and less prone to bugs.

  1. Check your code today for any functions that may be trying to do too much. Consider breaking them down into small...

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TEST YOUR CODE

Unit testing is essential for maintaining code health. Tests should be clean, well-written, and just as maintained as your production code.

  1. Take a look at your test coverage today. Is there any part of your code not adequately covered by tests? Consider writing tests for those areas....

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NAME IT WELL

Choosing informative and meaningful names for variables, functions, classes, and other identifiers helps your code speak for itself, reducing the need for comments.

  1. Review your code today. Do the names of variables, functions, or classes reflect their roles and behaviors? Consider re...

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READABILITY IS KEY

The main objective when writing code is for it to be easily understood by humans. Remember, your fellow developers will interact with your code much more than machines will.

  1. Try to make your code more readable today. Use descriptive names and clear structures.
  2. Think about a...

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