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What’s better when coding: getting it done or doing it perfectly?

Survey period: 27 Jan 2020 to 3 Feb 2020

‘Perfect’ meaning following all the best practices with regards to coding standards, patterns, security, readability and maintainability

OptionVotes% 
Get it done as fast as possible. Time is money202.05
Get it done fast, but keep it sensible10310.55
It’s always a balance44045.08
Get it done right, but keep an eye on the hours31932.68
Do it right first time. Don’t worry so much about the time949.63



 
GeneralNone of the above Pin
Nathan Minier30-Jan-20 6:23
professionalNathan Minier30-Jan-20 6:23 
GeneralManagers claim they want sensible, but what they want is fast and somehow good Pin
honey the codewitch28-Jan-20 9:34
mvahoney the codewitch28-Jan-20 9:34 
GeneralRe: Managers claim they want sensible, but what they want is fast and somehow good Pin
cobaltsoft30-Jan-20 9:42
professionalcobaltsoft30-Jan-20 9:42 
GeneralRe: Managers claim they want sensible, but what they want is fast and somehow good Pin
honey the codewitch30-Jan-20 11:22
mvahoney the codewitch30-Jan-20 11:22 
GeneralBorrowing from da Vinci... Pin
Bruce Greene28-Jan-20 5:31
MemberBruce Greene28-Jan-20 5:31 
GeneralThen someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
MSBassSinger28-Jan-20 4:31
professionalMSBassSinger28-Jan-20 4:31 
GeneralRe: Then someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
Rob Philpott28-Jan-20 4:41
MemberRob Philpott28-Jan-20 4:41 
GeneralRe: Then someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
MSBassSinger28-Jan-20 5:46
professionalMSBassSinger28-Jan-20 5:46 
GeneralRe: Then someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
Rick Shaub28-Jan-20 10:58
MemberRick Shaub28-Jan-20 10:58 
GeneralRe: Then someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
hpcoder231-Jan-20 13:13
Memberhpcoder231-Jan-20 13:13 
GeneralThe only sensible answer Pin
Gary Wheeler28-Jan-20 2:23
MemberGary Wheeler28-Jan-20 2:23 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Slow Eddie28-Jan-20 2:56
professionalSlow Eddie28-Jan-20 2:56 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Gary Wheeler28-Jan-20 3:04
MemberGary Wheeler28-Jan-20 3:04 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Rick Shaub28-Jan-20 11:04
MemberRick Shaub28-Jan-20 11:04 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Gary Wheeler28-Jan-20 11:42
MemberGary Wheeler28-Jan-20 11:42 
Given the scope of the testing problem, 'crowdsourcing' one part of their testing process makes sense. It's the only way to get exposure to a statistically meaningful portion of their customer base.

I don't find the author's argument convincing. One of the constant complaints back in the "Good Old Days" was that "Microsoft must not be doing any testing at all! I tried running the most recent update on my Pentium II from Joe's Computer Shop and Shoe Store, and now it crashes all the time." Well of course it does. As the story goes, at one point Microsoft had an entire building that contained thousands of computers of various makes and models running tests, along with the employees to wrangle those machines. Much of the testing and related handling was automated, but eventually they realized they were chasing an ever-accelerating, and receding into the distance, target. The testing methodology was losing effectiveness from sheer numbers.

It simply isn't practical to resume that kind of testing. I have no idea what kind of QA or vetting process is used before a change makes it into an Insider build, but I'm sure there is one. I wouldn't be surprised to find there's a pile of servers, running an even bigger pile of virtual machines, running an immense set of regression and smoke tests on Insider builds before they're released.
Software Zen: delete this;

GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Rick Shaub28-Jan-20 11:52
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GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Rob Philpott28-Jan-20 4:00
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GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Gary Wheeler28-Jan-20 4:21
MemberGary Wheeler28-Jan-20 4:21 
GeneralPerfection vs Overengineering Pin
Anonymee28-Jan-20 2:21
professionalAnonymee28-Jan-20 2:21 
GeneralA man would do nothing ... Pin
Amarnath S27-Jan-20 23:35
professionalAmarnath S27-Jan-20 23:35 
GeneralIt's a mix of course Pin
Dean Roddey27-Jan-20 15:28
MemberDean Roddey27-Jan-20 15:28 
GeneralDo it right. Pin
OriginalGriff27-Jan-20 10:52
mveOriginalGriff27-Jan-20 10:52 
GeneralRe: Do it right. Pin
agolddog28-Jan-20 2:50
Memberagolddog28-Jan-20 2:50 
GeneralPerfection is the enemy of "good enough" Pin
Christopher Woodruff27-Jan-20 9:26
MemberChristopher Woodruff27-Jan-20 9:26 
GeneralRe: Perfection is the enemy of "good enough" Pin
Tom Corbett Space Cadet28-Jan-20 4:59
professionalTom Corbett Space Cadet28-Jan-20 4:59 

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