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The Spirit to Improve

This week in our weekly design committee, on of the developer demonstrated how to use the Saxon Injectors to create mock XQuery functions for unit testing.

It's been one of the biggest problem with our use of XQuery and the developer solved it in his spare time. It was a much needed reminder that the spirit to always improve the software and the development practices is at the core of a good and effective developer and team.

These kind of efforts always raise the bar that much higher in terms of the effectiveness and quality of what we produce and are life blood of the development effort. It is also a key indicator of a healthy project.

This kind work also serves to motivate us in the face of project delivery pressures and becomes even more important when we feel demotivated by repetitive work and the rush to meet the next deadline.

About the author

Mash is a pragmatic software craftsman always looking to improve his software creation skills and helping others do the same. He firmly believes that a well-rounded software craftsman must have a keen interest in all aspects of software creation, including; process, people, technology, user experience, development, operation, maintenance, and social impact. He relishes the daily challenges that Codurance brings to him–stretching his existing knowledge and expertise allowing him to constantly grow as a professional.

Mash is an advisor and a leader. During his diverse career, he has succeeded in invigorating large ailing software projects as well as creating highly effective software teams and departments. His broad and deep technical knowledge, organisational skills, craft focus, and empathy to people involved have been integral to his success. He has worked in many roles for charities, investment banks, consultancies, government, media and cloud providers. He prides himself at being a hands-on software developer and believes that software development skills are very hard to learn and the best way to maintain them is to apply them.