Software Development: Pair Programming
Software Development: Pair programming is considered to be an agile software development technique that involves two programmers working in one workstation. Our team of experienced developers are available to tackle your next custom software project. Contact us today for a quote!
Essential Designs Team
July 6, 2015
Why Pair Programming?
Pair programming is considered to be an agile software development technique that involves two programmers working in one workstation. This technique makes use of a “driver” and a “navigator”. The driver writes the code while the navigator observes. However, it doesn’t mean that only one person can do the writing, they can always change roles as the need arises.
Benefits of Pair Programming
Some say that pair programming is only for the sophisticated programmers and it can’t be done by just anyone. Others say that pair programming is a coding nightmare, but people have varying opinions about this technique. We would like to give you a few reasons why we think pair programming is a good thing.
Pair programming gives you the benefit of continuous feedback. It is a known fact that pair programmers notice more details. While one may not admit to his or her mistakes in writing a code, the observer can point out errors and they can resolve issues instantly. Giving pair programming feedback is not just limited to coding errors, it can also be about work ethic. The benefit of pair programming is that there is social pressure on each other to prevent slacking. However, just make sure to act professional and don’t be too confrontational.
Pair programming is all about increasing your brainpower. Two heads are better than one, right? Brainstorming is a huge part of making pair programming a success. There are some things that one programmer doesn’t know while the other is knowledgeable about. Sharing ideas can lead to a better output. Most programmers who work on their own don’t know how good or bad they really are. Pair programming lets you share your ideas so you will know if they can be used to make programming easier. This technique can also judge the expertise of the programmers involved. You can only determine a programmer’s capabilities by working with them.
Merged ideas lead to better code. It feels great when the driver was able to write the code, but maybe the navigator knows an easier way to the solution? Sharing each other’s expertise can make a better code.
Good Programming Habits
Pairing also reinforces good programming habits. Giving feedback is a good practice, but it doesn’t stop there. Pair programming can give positive peer pressure to perform the difficult tasks. Encouragement while going through the crucial elements of programming can do wonders. Pairing can help programmers spread coding knowledge and tips throughout the team. You can also get a fresh perspective if you switch roles. Being the driver at the start of the project doesn’t mean that you will be the driver until the end. There are times when the driver gets stuck at a certain point. You can switch roles in order to see if your partner can do it.
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