Design within Code

I have been trying to practice some design skills by making things beautiful and simple. My domain of work is very narrow, so all I can do to design is writing my code in a more elegant way. That is, providing useful comments and structure, and breaking down functions in a succinct way.

And I enjoy doing that. I think it makes code much more readable, and it shows a sign of maturity. I can see myself improving on this over time.

On the other hand, I’m also learning a new technique to better estimate software tasks. I find that this is a underrated skill. This is important when people ask you how much time you think it takes to implement a feature, as giving an estimate shows that you’ve spent a great deal of time to think about the problem at hand.

I get a better sense of software design by learning that the core of a system is the object data model. Everything, the UI and the external storage, are representations of the model. Any time you want to extend the system or add a feature, you should start from the core, unit test it to make sure it works as it is meant, then write the peripherals to finish off the system.


About dchana

all about connecting technology to everyday life and making things simple
This entry was posted in innovation. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s