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Looking for a practical standards course

I'm a great believer in coding standards. In well commented code. In a good choice of variable names, of code re-use, and of thinking before you write. There are points which I stress on every course, even if the majority of the time I spend is on the actual language. So I should not have been surprised to have been asked if I could provide a "Good Practice Course" along the lines of the specification below.

I applaud the customer who has asked, I think it will be very worthwhile for them ... BUT I myself don't have the training / knowledge of the formal skills and more academic issues (nor course notes) to deliver, and I have "no bid". I'm very happy to overview / spend a day on these topics. But not a week. Which brought the question "do you know anyone who CAN help?". I know this gets read / found - please get in touch (graham@wellho.net) if you can help - I'll pass on your details and let you talk direct.

Source Code Control
Distributed Version Control (DVC)
[Setup, users, locks, branches, logs, merges]

Testing
TATFT (Test All The $&?#+[\] Time)
BDD/TDD (Behaviour Driven Development / Test Driven Deveopment)
Unit tests
Continuous Integration
Naming conventions
[variables, functions, filenames]
Code Inspections

Design
Unified Modelling Language (UML)
Design Patterns
[Factory, Memoization, Facade, Singleton, Strategy]
MVC (Model, View, Controller)

Documentation
Design documents

Code Structure
DRY principle (Don't repeat yourself)
Code smells
WTF/s
Demeter's Laws

Running Well
Serviceability and efficiency
Analysis of Algorithms
[IO bound, Memory bound, Performance analyisis]

Code to handle code
Metaprogramming
2nd order functions
Continuations
Convention over configuration
DSL (Domain Specific Languages)

I would personally add the following to a genaral programming techniques course:

User support and user documentation. Team communications and co-ordination. WIBNIF (Wouldn't it be nice if). Extreme and pair programming. Library design and maintenance. Backup and contingency. Requirement specification and portability. Security of code - legal and abuse prevention. Inherently stable code. Algorithm design.

Final note - the examples illustrating this course should be in an appropriate Open Source language - I am happy to talk with anyone who's interested in delivering the course about where it would be (long way from Melksham) when it's needed (very soon!) and which language it's in.
(written 2009-08-05)

 
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  [1224] Object Relation Mapping (ORM) - (2007-06-09)
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