8 golden rules of a development team

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Wed, 07/01/2015 - 16:24

Golden rules of a development team, compiled from personal experience and from a number of books, academic papers and other sources.

1. Use the same deployment mechanism for all environments

When you do something often, you get good at it. So deploy to all environments using the same mechanism. That way, when you deploy to production things less likely to go wrong.


Sustainable Pace

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Sat, 12/07/2014 - 10:29

It has long been a tradition in waterfall style projects to associate long hours with increased productivity. A recurring pattern is up-front planning, followed by realisation that a deadline is not going to be achieved and then finally a push to increase working hours.

Java 8 early adopters

Submitted by Barnaby Golden on Tue, 10/06/2014 - 10:58

A word of caution for anyone switching to Java 8 (which is now officially released by Sun).

Issues I have found so far:


The previous version of Kepler Eclipse runs with Java 8, but it only understands compliance levels up to Java 7.

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