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Don’t let junior programmers cowboy code.

March 16th, 2009

This is a new series that I will be starting, called “Don’t do this”. Basically it is a spin on another series I started called “Learn this”, but it is more of an observation of things that I have had to learn a lesson from.

In this article, I want to discuss the dangers of allowing junior developers to “cowboy code“, or do whatever they feel is right. The junior programmer does not know what “right” is, or better yet, has not shown you what right is. A lot of people might think this is common sense, but it isn’t. I have seen it too many times and lately I have been trying to become more aware of it. Ignoring this is not only bad for the code base, but it is bad for you, the client and the actual junior employee.
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