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Building Developers with an ISV

Eric Sink is forgiven for writing life support for VSS:

The bulk of their time should be spent writing code and fixing bugs. But every developer also needs to be involved in other areas such as the following:

* Spec documents
* Configuration management
* Code reviews
* Testing
* Automated tests
* Documentation
* Solving tough customer problems

Using my terminology, these things are the difference between a programmer and a developer. The developer has a much larger perspective and an ability to see the bigger picture. The programmer writes code, throws it over the wall to the testers and waits for them to log bugs. The developer knows it is better to find an [sic] fix bugs now, since he just might be the one talking to the customer about it later.

[via Erik]

April 27, 2004 12:04 AM


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