Modern software development is guided by a set of principles and practices that help ensure that software is developed efficiently, effectively, and with high quality. Here are some best practices that underpin modern software development.
Agile development is a philosophy that emphasizes iterative development, continuous improvement, and collaboration among team members. It involves breaking down large projects into smaller, manageable pieces, called iterations or sprints, and continuously delivering working software.
Agile development underscores collaboration with customers and end-users throughout the development process. Customer feedback is used to guide development and ensure that the software meets their needs.
The Agile Manifesto, created in 2001, outlines the values and principles that guide agile development, such as prioritizing individuals and interactions over processes and tools, working software over comprehensive documentation, collaborating with customers over contract negotiation, and responding to change over following a plan.
Some of the popular agile development frameworks include Scrum, Kanban, and Lean. Each framework has its unique set of practices and principles, but they all share the core values of agile development. Agile development has become a popular approach to software development due to its ability to deliver high-quality software that meets customer needs while maintaining flexibility and adaptability.
Continuous Integration and Delivery.
Continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) is a set of practices that automates the software build, testing, and deployment process. This helps ensure that software is always in a releasable state and reduces the risk of introducing bugs into production. This is done by using tools that automatically build and test the code every time a change is made to the codebase. This ensures that code changes are regularly tested and integrated into the codebase, reducing the risk of bugs and conflicts when changes are eventually deployed to production.
DevOps is a culture and set of practices that emphasize collaboration between development (Dev) and operations (Ops) teams. DevOps aims to break down the barriers between these teams, so they can work together seamlessly to deliver high-quality software quickly and reliably. It involves automating processes, monitoring performance, and continuously delivering value to customers. Among the most significant advantages of DevOps are faster time to market, improved software product quality, increased collaboration, greater efficiency, and enhanced customer satisfaction.
Test-driven development (TDD) is a development approach that involves writing tests before writing code. This helps ensure that code is thoroughly tested and that bugs are caught early in the development process.
TDD encourages writing testable, loosely coupled code that tends to be more modular. Since well-structured, modular code is easier to write, debug, understand, maintain, and reuse, TDD helps in reducing costs, making refactoring, and rewriting easier and faster, streamlining project onboarding, preventing bugs and coupling, improving code patterns, etc.
Code reviews involve having other developers review code before it is merged into the main codebase. This helps ensure that code is high quality, follows best practices, and is maintainable over time.
Code reviews can be conducted in a variety of ways, including:
• Pair Programming: Two developers work together to write and review
code in real-time.
• Pull Requests: Developers submit code changes for review using a
version control system such as Git. Other developers review the code
changes and provide feedback.
• Over-the-Shoulder Reviews: A developer reviews the code changes
of another developer while sitting next to them.
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