Being a Better Programmer

on Ben’s Blog

I saw this in my twitter feed:

I watched through the whole thing, and it is indeed an impressive collection of tips to becoming a better programmer. The videos cover a breadth of topics in a short period of time. To give you a taste, the first unit covers managing complexity, the single responsibility principle, separation of concerns, TDD and design patterns. And that's only the first 2 minutes. The total running time is 20 minutes, so you should watch them:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngSDsY7VqRg&w=560&h=315]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBysCfzflvA&w=560&h=315]

The videos have a strange feel to them, since they use public domain clips overlaid with After Effects-generated titles and effects. The visuals are not crucial and more often than not, result in curious juxtapositions of software wisdom with campy footage. Regardless, the content is great.