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Januar 29, 2012

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I’ve been putting together Development Guidelines for my employer and in the process have reviewed many published standards (in the .Net arena) from around the world. In each category, the suggestions at SSW are always among the best.
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Rules to better

Do you believe in Standards?

Whenever you’re doing something more than once there should be a standard. SSW standards manage our coding, project management, email and phone communication. However, we don’t follow them blindly. If someone suggests a better way of doing something, then we change the standard.

Do you agree with them all? Are we missing some? Let us know what you think.

Why do we have all these rules? Read about the History of SSW Rules , published in CoDe Magazine.

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If you find these suggestions interesting, you might also like to read SSW’s Ideas for Better Software.

Scott Guthrie

This is a great guide to follow when doing software (and specifically .NET) development. Very useful stuff!

Scott Guthrie
General Manager, Microsoft Developer Division

If you havent had the pleasure of seeing Adam present, have a listen to the recent .NET Rocks! in which Adam talks to Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell and shares with them his rules.

Frank Arrigo – Microsoft

It’s a great DNR episode and it gives some great insight into why Adam is able to run such a tight development ship.

Chris Auld

Carl Franklin says:

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