A big challenge in writing web applications today is the intense pressure to go for the short term win: you quickly pull something together that looks good, launch, and move on. But the risk is that now you’re locked in — making major changes over the lifetime of the code base requires radical surgery, or sometimes just starting over. Is it possible to meet your deadlines and get long term maintenance and reuse?
Evan Goer is a Senior Technical Writer at Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA, where he works for an engineering team that develops Yahoo’s internal deployment infrastructure. Before that, Evan worked for startups and corporate behemoths alike, documenting everything from how to speed up applications on big iron Sun hardware to how to treat cancer patients with electron beam radiation therapy.
Evan is a Sunnyvale native and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics from Harvey Mudd College. He is on an eternal quest for the perfect documentation format and build system. He blogs at goer.org.
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