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Episode Info: The Pragmatic Programmer teaches us how to use tracer bullets versus prototyping while Joe doesn’t know who won the Game of Thrones, Allen thought he knew about road numbers, and Michael thinks 475 is four letters. Using your podcast player to read these show notes? You can find this episode’s full show notes and be apart of the conversation at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode108. Sponsors Discover.bot – a digital space for bot developers and enthusiasts of all skill levels to learn from one another, share stories, and move the bot conversation forward. Want to learn more about building bots? Get started with their Guide to Bot Building Frameworks.Datadog.com/codingblocks – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a free Datadog t-shirt after creating your first dashboard. Clubhouse – The first project management platform for software development that brings everyone on every team together to build better products. Sign up for two free months of Clubhouse by visiting clubhouse.io/codingblocks.Survey Says … Anonymous VoteSign in with WordpressDo you discuss podcasts with your friends or co-workers?Are you kidding? That's all we talk about.Absolutely. They need all of the help they can get.Absolutely. I need all of the help I can get.No. It's my secret, super power. They can't know where my tips come from.vote News As is tradition, we take a moment to thank those that took time our of their day to leave us a review:iTunes: s0dz, TheCrow2269, Aphexwolf, AshleyJWalkerStitcher: takunnithan, iwantoutlawtoreadmyname, SkywalkerIsNullDon’t miss your chance to kick Allen in the shins! Allen will be speaking June 24th at the Atlanta Intelligent Devices meetup, giving his talk Moving from Batches to Real Time with Apache Kafka. (Meetup)Ready, Aim, Fi … Wait, Gotta Recalculate Tracer Bullets There are two effective way to fire a machine gun in the dark:Have knowledge of the environment, run some calculations, and execute.Or use tracer bullets.Tracer bullets “light up” when shot.They give immediate feedback. If the tracer bullets are hitting your target, so are your other bullets.Think about how this relates to Project Management:Waterfall: Full knowledge, excellent planning, and execution, vsAgile: Shorter feedback loops and continuous adjustment.Tip Use Tracer Bullets to Find the Target, “Tracer Code” is not throwaway. It contains all of the validation, documentation, tests, etc. that production code has.Design is feedback driven.Similar to the agile movement, continuous integration, and MVP notions that are popular now, i.e. you incrementally improve.The alternative is to subdivide everything into modules, build in a vacuum and put it all together and hope it works in the end.Advantages of “Tracer Code” Users get to see things working early.\Reduces the risk of disappointment and makes the stakeholders invested in the process.Developers build a structure to work i...
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