A standard operating procedure (SOP) is a set of step-by-step guidelines to help team members carry out their complex routine operations. SOPs aim to achieve efficiency, quality output, and uniformity of performance while reducing miscommunication and failure to comply with regulations. While programming an application, following SOPs will help to build and deliver a better product.
Before getting on your machine to write code, It’s always recommended to think twice and write once. Pseudocode is a plain language description of the steps in an algorithm or another system.
You can just use a piece of paper and list all the operations you are going to perform. Go through the pseudo code again and again to realize if there is any scenario where our code is not going to function properly.
Naming conventions help your code stay fluent within the context of your program. This is important because you want to have consistency throughout your entire program. It helps other programmers to understand the code better and consistency creates familiarity across projects.
A good code should be self explanatory with help of variable names, indentation, and other factors. Code documentation and comments give more clarity about the functionality and implementation. Documentation helps to understand the implementation at a higher level whereas code comments help to understand individual blocks of code. Documentation and comments create a legacy which will help the next developer who will be working on the same stuff.
Always keep your code clean. Cleaner the code better it is to understand. If you don’t need that code, simply remove it. Avoid keeping code which is no longer required to be part of it. Commented code creates unnecessary lines of code and if commented code is between your implementation then it can create misunderstanding and confusion. Better is to remove the code if no more required.
Committing something to Git means that you have changed your code and want to save these changes as a new trusted version.You should test your changes before you commit or push. If you commit broken code in your local repo, then you will be blocked. But if you push the broken source code, then you will block your team.
It is an essential part of the software development process and is done so that only the best product reaches the end-user.The main purpose behind this is to check that all the individual parts are working as intended. Unit testing helps to catch unseen bugs which may be waiting in future. Benefits of unit testing are such as improved quality of code, find software bugs at early stage, improved debugging skills, less number of escalations on production.
It’s okay to make mistakes and accept them. It will only help to build a better team with clarity between each other. We should learn from our mistakes and discuss with our team so that the same failure does not happen again. Learning from failure is the best asset to improve as a team. Don’t try to hide your mistakes and create more confusion within the team. It will only hamper the development of the project and its timeline.
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