"To live is to learn."
"To read is to live."
Or maybe it is "Living is living" and "I am".
The last three months have meant some changes to how I work:
I now use source control for code related work: Subversion with TortoiseSVN in Windows Explorer and ankhsvn in Visual Studio. This has given me a feeling of greater security that my work is properly backed up, more speed in development since I don't have to manage (copy) revisions manually. Any new experiment I do can only destroy the changes I've made since the last time I committed changes to source control. Therefore I commit changes every time a piece of a task is completed. In addition to the code change itself, to each commit I add a short description of what has changed. This means that I get an overview of what has changed on a given project by reading the repository log.
Joel Spolsky says, among other things, that Daily Builds Are Your Friend. By setting up a build server I now have a system that, for most of the projects, will compile the code and test it. By using CruiseControl.NET I automatically get feedback when commited code breaks a build.
An extra benefit from the above is that I have learned how to write build scripts using NAnt. So now, after making some small code change, I can run a bat file and the solution will be compiled and the installers packaged for the consultants or for grabbing via ftp from a remote server.
This week I set up BugTracker.NET which seems to fulfil our requirements about a system that we can use internally for tracking bugs, issues, and requests from customers. I appreciate the work of Corey Trager and other people who release their private work for public use.
So now I'm about half-way through The Joel Test, and I don't know where this will end...