Inside SWT

Monday, August 28, 2006

Code Ownership

I can't praise code ownership enough. Do you know some code that is unowned? If so, I bet you also know code that is unloved. What sorts of benefits does code ownership bring?

Owning code promotes pride and responsibility. Owning code, especially over a long period of time, allows us to become known for quality work. Even more important, we get to see the results of both good and bad design decisions. From mistakes, we improve our skills.

If you flop around from project to project, submit code and never maintain it, you'll never get to see any of this. You'll think you're a better programmer than you are.



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