Thursday, December 1, 2011

The merits of best practices

For many years now I've had a dislike for best practices. This isn't the fault of the best practices themselves, but because people adopt them without thinking just because they've been told that they're best practices. I'm far from blameless in this regard too.

My view is that the merits of adopting should be questioned before proceeding. Unfortunately the problem with best practices being blindly adopted isn't going away no matter how many times myself and others talk about it. With that in mind I propose a new meta best practice:

Evaluate the merits of a best practice before implementing it.

Feel free to evaluate the merits of the above :)

How do you feel about best practices

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