Valve founder Gabe Newell took part in a somewhat-delayed Ask Me Anything session on Reddit today. While the discussion stirred up lots of excitement in the gaming community, Newell also offered up an always-timely reminder to developers of all stripes: coding excellence can’t be measured if you never actually finish anything.
The imminent demise of Windows XP isn’t the only current example of an old piece of Microsoft software that’s about to hit the scrapheap. Office 2003, Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003 and SQL Server 2008 are also about to lose support.
User documentation is an unsexy task we often try and dodge, but it can make an enormous difference. National Australia Bank (NAB) found that improving and consolidating its documentation for frontline bank workers cut duplication by 40 per cent and meant it could shut down an entire internal call centre.