C H A P T E R  7

Rules and Guidelines

Everyone agrees that software development standards are a good thing. Standards have tangible benefits that accrue to companies and individual developers. A standards-based company is more profitable than its disorganized competitors. Standards-based developers are more efficient; they meet their professional targets on schedule, which allows them to spend more time on the important things in life, like family, friends, and personal health.

Unfortunately, many software development shops talk about standards but never actually implement them. There are many and varied excuses as to why this is true, including these:

  • Developers are not writers.
  • Developers see developing standards as a huge, time-consuming ...

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