Guardian Developer Gives Tips

The Guardian is a British newspaper that’s earned worldwide acclaim, and its website receives quite a lot of traffic.  As you might imagine, then, the demands the Guardian puts on its developers are rather high, and so the tips one developer shared today may be rather valuable.

In an article, Web developer Matt Andrews named six different things he’s learned working at the Guardian, starting with the idea “[c]ompartmentalise and play your strengths.”  This is possible even if you’re working alone, since friends can act as testers.

Next, Andrews suggested, “Use intelligent version control (but be pragmatic).”  He also recommended, “Get inside the semantic web.”

Another key concept is then to “[f]utureproof your coding,” since there’s nothing like having a lot of work go out the window within six months or a year.  A more controversial idea: “Release early, release often.”

Finally, Andrews wrote, “Shout about what you’re doing.”  So long as you’re not obnoxious about it, this should help you drum up interest and/or attract help.

By Doug Caverly

Doug is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest eBusiness news.

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