Rebuilding my Developer Platform – For the Last Time!

I have finished enough of a ground-up rebuild of a developer machine to take stock. The rebuild process went something like this:

Step 1 – Start long running installation

Step 2 – Wait for installation to complete

Step 3 – Go back to Step 1. Rinse and repeat

Hard Learnt Lessons

  • Building a Windows based developer workstation takes more TIME than you imagine
  • Long periods of WAITING for installations to complete is WASTEFUL
  • Rebuilding workstation machines is REPETITIVE

One more point on the the manual build process. I will never have to do it again! Continue reading


Wtf is Amber? Release only on a Green Build

AmberSounds completely sensible.

Why would you do anything else? That would just incur unnecessary risk surely?

No, we would definitely not do that.

Yes you would, and from what I see, in surprisingly large numbers too.

Continue reading

TODO Comments have no place in Master

octoDon’t get me wrong, as a professional C# developer I love using TODO markers in my code. They document minor details that I need to revisit and allow me as a coder to keep moving with the aim of getting an overall structure in place. I do this in feature branches and I often do a git rebase -i to tidy up all of my local commits into something more meaningful to merge back into the develop or master branch.

As you are reading this I hope that you will agree with the next few points that I make about source code best practices. So here are my views on what I believe to be a sensible perspective on how you treat releasable code.

Continue reading