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Ben Nadel at CFUNITED 2009 (Lansdowne, VA) with: Greg Franklin
Ben Nadel at CFUNITED 2009 (Lansdowne, VA) with: Greg Franklin

Working Code Podcast - Episode 024: The Archetype Of An Effective Developer

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We all love the Hollywood portrayal of the "brilliant programmer" who can step in and just crush it at a moment's notice. We've probably all fantasized about being that programmer. But, that's not how people work. And it's not how teams work. Highly effective developers don't just "crush it" - they cultivate good habits that they then apply consistently, day-in and day-out, for years. This week, the crew discusses which habits make - or break - the most effective developers.

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Triumphs & Failures

  • Adam's Triumph - After struggling to get several Java-based feature flag services configured correctly in ColdFusion (which is one layer of indirection above Java), Adam decided to pull the ultimate power move and created his own open-source, ColdFusion-based feature flag library: Semaphore. While still in active development, it's already feeling very "feature complete". Pull-requests welcome!

  • Ben's Failure (that's me) - Without being able to point at anything in particular, this week kind of just kicked my butt. Without a Product Manager (PM) or an Engineering Manager (EM) on my team, I've felt as though no-one is "protecting" me or my people. And, even though an EM may not have actually made a the week better, there's an emotional cost to feeling so exposed. One saving grace, however, is that I received a stellar review from someone on the Customer Facing Team (CFT):

    ".... I'm sure it's not the first time you've heard it - but I need to say it - Ben is absolutely incredible and makes a massive impact on the happiness and stability of our enterprise customers...."

    Receiving this feedback really meant a lot to me! And makes me feel like my instincts are, at least sometimes, right.

  • Carol's Triumph - She totally survived a mercury-based allergic reaction to something she ate! That which doesn't kill Carol only makes her bolder when it comes to that sweet, sweet shellfish.

  • Tim's Triumph - He recently built a custom solution for one of his customers. However, he built it with clean boundaries and multi-tenancy in mind. Which means, now that he's successfully rolled-it-out to his first customer, he's ready to cash-in on that work by using the same solution as an upsell opportunity for his other customers. He's even gone back and refactored some of the architecture using the Clean Code tips from our earlier book review.

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