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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 7:23
professionalNathan Minier30-Jan-20 7:23 
GeneralManagers claim they want sensible, but what they want is fast and somehow good Pin
honey the codewitch28-Jan-20 10:34
mvahoney the codewitch28-Jan-20 10:34 
GeneralRe: Managers claim they want sensible, but what they want is fast and somehow good Pin
cobaltsoft30-Jan-20 10:42
professionalcobaltsoft30-Jan-20 10:42 
GeneralRe: Managers claim they want sensible, but what they want is fast and somehow good Pin
honey the codewitch30-Jan-20 12:22
mvahoney the codewitch30-Jan-20 12:22 
GeneralBorrowing from da Vinci... Pin
Bruce Greene28-Jan-20 6:31
MemberBruce Greene28-Jan-20 6:31 
GeneralThen someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
MSBassSinger28-Jan-20 5:31
professionalMSBassSinger28-Jan-20 5:31 
GeneralRe: Then someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
Rob Philpott28-Jan-20 5:41
MemberRob Philpott28-Jan-20 5:41 
GeneralRe: Then someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
MSBassSinger28-Jan-20 6:46
professionalMSBassSinger28-Jan-20 6:46 
GeneralRe: Then someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
Rick Shaub28-Jan-20 11:58
MemberRick Shaub28-Jan-20 11:58 
GeneralRe: Then someone has to fix it later, using more hours Pin
hpcoder231-Jan-20 14:13
Memberhpcoder231-Jan-20 14:13 
GeneralThe only sensible answer Pin
Gary Wheeler28-Jan-20 3:23
MemberGary Wheeler28-Jan-20 3:23 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Slow Eddie28-Jan-20 3:56
professionalSlow Eddie28-Jan-20 3:56 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Gary Wheeler28-Jan-20 4:04
MemberGary Wheeler28-Jan-20 4:04 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Rick Shaub28-Jan-20 12:04
MemberRick Shaub28-Jan-20 12:04 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Gary Wheeler28-Jan-20 12:42
MemberGary Wheeler28-Jan-20 12:42 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Rick Shaub28-Jan-20 12:52
MemberRick Shaub28-Jan-20 12:52 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Rob Philpott28-Jan-20 5:00
MemberRob Philpott28-Jan-20 5:00 
GeneralRe: The only sensible answer Pin
Gary Wheeler28-Jan-20 5:21
MemberGary Wheeler28-Jan-20 5:21 
GeneralPerfection vs Overengineering Pin
Anonymee28-Jan-20 3:21
professionalAnonymee28-Jan-20 3:21 
GeneralA man would do nothing ... Pin
Amarnath S28-Jan-20 0:35
professionalAmarnath S28-Jan-20 0:35 
GeneralIt's a mix of course Pin
Dean Roddey27-Jan-20 16:28
MemberDean Roddey27-Jan-20 16:28 
The thing is, if you are experienced, hopefully you can see where you can maybe skip a bit now but have no problems going back and updating those parts later, because they are well divided or layered. You can concentrate on the big picture, knowing that you are don't have the ultimate implementations of the bits that you are slotting into that architecture, but that (to the degree possible) the improvements can be internal to slotted in bits. Then you can attack the internals of those once it's all sort of fitted together and you can see how it works in the real world before you start getting precious about the details.

The same sort of strategies that allow for encapsulation and layering in the long term can also be put to use here. In some cases you can even have them just simulate what they will ultimately be doing and make sure the overall interface between the parts is going to be sufficient.
Explorans limites defectum

GeneralDo it right. Pin
OriginalGriff27-Jan-20 11:52
mveOriginalGriff27-Jan-20 11:52 
GeneralRe: Do it right. Pin
agolddog28-Jan-20 3:50
Memberagolddog28-Jan-20 3:50 
GeneralPerfection is the enemy of "good enough" Pin
Christopher Woodruff27-Jan-20 10:26
MemberChristopher Woodruff27-Jan-20 10:26 
GeneralRe: Perfection is the enemy of "good enough" Pin
Tom Corbett Space Cadet28-Jan-20 5:59
professionalTom Corbett Space Cadet28-Jan-20 5:59 

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