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Why do developers hate everyone else's work?

Oliver Sarfas • December 31, 2019

programming rant

"I would have done it differently", "This is crap", "It's hard to do because of them"

We've all heard these before. Most of us have said it, the rest have too - they're just too proud to admit it.

But why do these phrases get thrown around so much in the Development industry? Are we all egoistical and think we're the best? Are there just bad devs out there giving us all bad rep?

Honestly, a bit of both are true. Like handwriting code has it's own style when written by each individual. We like our own, or sometimes we don't. But we'll always critique someone else's.

Personally, I take a few things into account before "rating" a code base, or solution. Here's that list of things, and how they impact my review of the site / service.

It's using old software

This week, I ran into (was given) an old client's code base to "clean and make faster".

Upon looking at their setup and code, it came to my realisation that they were running PHP 5.4. Now, as of the time of writing, PHP 5.4 has been out of support for a rather long ass time - over 4 years.

Immediately I ran the code on a VM running PHP7.3, and it was over 60% faster. This is not an exaggeration.

I ran a basic IDE plugin that would update their code standards to PSR-2, and scan for any deprecated methods. Within half a day, they were compatible with PHP7.3, and ready to go.

Problem? Well yeah. Their servers were "unable to update to PHP7.3" and they were unwilling to migrate to AWS, Digital Ocean, or another reputable hosting provider.

Having done this work, I've done nothing to better myself or my career. Nobody is going to look for a developer with PHP5.4 experience. The same way that nobody wants a C# developer with .NET Framework 2.0 experience. It's useless nowadays and makes everyone's job harder.

Use modern languages, that are up to date. Make sure you support them. Using old solutions will leave you open to attack and devalue your developers

Missing basic best practices

Go to any site, I can guarantee the first things that you do as a dev are as follows;

Not having an API / Integration possibilities

One thing that is worse than working with a solution that has a poor integration services, and that's finding out that they don't have one at all.

Now you're the guinea pig for their new build, and you know fully well that things aren't static and set in place. The goal posts are always moving and you've got to adapt your integration to support the uncertainty.

If there's any way of building your service(s) "API first" - do it. Please.


😪 They burn out

📜 They have their own agenda on how to do things

👃 They have their own code smell.

🕵️‍♀️ Having a code review process will aid in reducing this and make your solution more malleable for other devs

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