Jon Allured

Computer Programmer, Whiskey Drinker, Comic Book Reader

Cowboying Some Code

published 12/22/11

Just watched Destroy All Software 23: Spiking and Continuous Spiking, or as I'll now refer to it, The One About Cowboying.

I liked his advice about knowing when to stop spiking. His suggestion is to choose a constraint like number of lines in the file and hold yourself to that. When you go over the number of lines, force yourself to throw something away and TDD the implementation from scratch.

Later he says something about how its fun to Cowboy some code and I totally agree. TDD is very satisfying, but so is just writing the damn thing.

Another choice bit was when he identified that spiking can help you know where to go next when you hit a spot in your loops where the next step is unclear.